Health law fines double for many uninsured at tax time
WASHINGTON (AP) - A report Tuesday from tax preparation company H&R Block says many people who went without health insurance last year are seeing fines more than double under President Barack Obama's law.
Among its customers who owe a penalty for 2015 the average fine is $383, compared with $172 for 2014, the company said.
Separately, about 6 in 10 customers who got subsidized health insurance under the law are now having to pay back some of that assistance to the IRS. Repayments are also higher this year, averaging $579, compared with $530 last tax season.
Although millions of uninsured people have gained coverage through the Affordable Care Act, the update from H&R Block underscores how the law's complex provisions remain a challenge for many consumers.
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