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Has Anyone filed for a "religious exemption" to Obamacare?

I just received a postcard in the mail stating that most people will be required to carry health insurance by Jan 1, 2014.

So I'm trying to find information on how to file a religious exemption form, through my states healthcare exchange. According to healthcare.gov that is where I'm supposed to file the exemption.

So far I haven't been able to find a form for religious exemption to the individual mandate.

I'm just curious if Buddhists would be able to claim this objection.
I cant really define that as my religion but it would be the closest to my beliefs.

Some information about exemptions that I've been able to find.


Has anyone been able to claim this exemption. If so can you give some pointers ?

The healthcare exchange in my state was so busy I was on hold for half an hour before I hung up.

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Get in thy buggy, head for ye olde courthouse, and make pleas to

the English.

You need form 4029

IRS form 4029 is the one you're looking for unless you're a minister, in which case you need 4361.

I'm not even going to waste

I'm not even going to waste my time on Obamacare. It's a scam.

Be Your Own Media!!!

For my money

I refuse to jump hoops and make fallacious claims so as to live under the thumb of tyrants



I live in a bifurcated state with 2 healthcare exchanges. One is for small businesses run by the state, and the other is healthcare.gov run by the federal govt for families and individuals.

I went online and chatted with a live person on healthcare.gov
asked them where is the form for religious exemption located?

The person indicated that the form is not available yet, They're working on this form at this time. It should become available before mid November 2013.

Just FYI if you claim religious exemption you waive any Social Security benefits.

This is all I have been able to find out after spending the afternoon making phone calls.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

Correct on SS benefits

IRS form 4029 goes over this in detail. Exemption from Medicare/medicaid and SS, but you don't continue to pay into any of them either. It should be a choice open to all.

I don't believe it's true that you waive SS benefits.

We'd need to see that in writing.

Participation in an HCSM should not preclude SSA benefits.

Not sure if it's true myself, however

The wording on the website is narrow enough to suggest that it may be.


"You’re a member of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to insurance, including Social Security and Medicare"

I'd take that deal if I could

I'd take that deal if I could stop paying into ss. and I've throwns some $$ that way.

I am more concerned about the return of my money than the return on my money. Mark Twain

You have to be in an HCSM


This is a good one.

Christian Scientists probably have the best one. Might be a good time to convert. :)

That is one possible exemption

There are other exemptions including

Religious Exemption
Hardship Exemption
A member of a Federally recognized Indian Tribe.


"Take hold of the future or the future will take hold of you." -- Patrick Dixon

What I posted IS the religious exemption.

There is not another religious exemption.