Five percent of Massachusetts taxpayers uninsured, some fined
AP/Yahoo News, June 3, 2008
Nearly 100,000 Massachusetts taxpayers have been fined for failing to obtain health insurance. Five percent of taxpayers failed to obtain health coverage in 2007, and more than half of those were forced to forfeit a personal exemption after it was determined they could have afforded healthcare. Two percent of taxpayers were found not to earn enough for healthcare and avoided fines. Under Massachusetts law, taxpayers must show they are insured or face penalties.