DENVER (AP) — Coloradans without health insurance are more likely to ignore the federal mandate than get coverage and avoid penalties. That's according to a legislative analysis prepared for an unsuccessful attempt by Republicans to reimburse residents fined next year for not buying insurance.
The projection is the first state prediction on how many will pay fines rather than get private coverage or Medicaid. The federal health overhaul requires coverage by March 31 to avoid fines.
The legislative analysis guessed that about 254,700 adults in Colorado would pay federal fines next year for not getting coverage. That's more than the 249,000 Coloradans projected to enroll in either Medicaid or a private health insurance plan.
The bill to refund those fines next year failed 7-4 Wednesday in a Democratic House committee.
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