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Preliminary IRS data provided to Congress last week show that about 7.5 million U.S. residents paid a penalty for not complying with the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate. The average penalty was $200, while about 40% of individuals who were penalized paid $100 or less and about 5% paid $500 or more. Kaiser Health News, IRS letter.

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A group of Southern California not-for-profits have proposed a ballot measure that would impose a surcharge on certain real estate in order to raise money for services for low-income state residents. For example, some of the money would be used to expand certain home health visits. Sacramento Bee's "Capitol Alert."

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A study by the Public Policy Institute of California finds that enrollment in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children varies widely, with 49.6% of children in Kern County enrolled in the program, compared with just 11% of children in Placer County. Meanwhile, Latinos make up the largest share of enrollees. Vallejo Times-Herald, Inland News Today.

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In a letter sent to Covered California on Monday, four Democratic House lawmakers from the state raised privacy and security concerns related to the exchange's plan to collect data on how enrollees use their health coverage. The lawmakers' concerns were prompted by recent cyberattacks and data breaches in California. Politico's "Morning eHealth" et al.

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