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Health Coverage Mandate

Health Coverage Mandate

  • Welcome to the Health Coverage Mandate Information Page.
  • Rhode Island's health coverage mandate takes effect January 1, 2020.
  • The mandate is a requirement that all Rhode Islanders (except those who are specifically exempt under the law) have "qualifying health coverage" beginning January 1, 2020.
  • Sources of "qualifying health coverage" include coverage through an employer; coverage purchased directly from a health insurance carrier; Medicare; Medicaid; or a health plan purchased through HealthSource RI, the state’s health exchange.
  • Failure to have coverage in 2020 may result in a Rhode Island personal income tax penalty during tax-filing season in early 2021. For more information, please see the table below.
For details about the mandate, see these FAQs: View
See HealthSource RI for details on how to get health insurance: View
A message for tax preparers: View
HealthSource RI proposed regulation: View