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Q&A: Do i have to apply for Obamacare?

Question by Bassam Al Ali: Do i have to apply for Obamacare?
Hello im an F-1 Visa International Student. I dont know much about this wjole Affordable Care Act as ive only been here for like 20 days. But as far as i know, all people are forced to have medical insurance and i just cant considering i have no job and my dad sends me 500$ a month. I heard of exemption for people who “are not lawfully in u.s”, do they mean like illegal immigrants because technically im lawfully inside the u.s on my student visa.

Best answer:

Answer by tonalc2
Even before the ACA, all international students were required to carry a basic health insurance policy.

Two things to note from the cited page:
“The preamble to the final regulations clarify that all student health insurance must comply with the applicable provisions of the ACA without regard to the citizenship of the student insured.”

“Insurance sold to international students attending only one or two semesters will most likely qualify as short-term limited duration insurance coverage exempt from the ACA.”

FYI: Nobody applies for Obamacare. The ACA is a law, not a health insurance policy.

Speak with your college about requirements.

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