Amish Exempt from Health Insurance Mandate

By: WSAW Staff Email
By: WSAW Staff Email

They live with no cars, electricity or running water, but Wisconsin's Amish population still needs medical care.

However, they will be one of several groups exempt from the insurance requirement .

Court battles decades ago, awarded the Amish exemptions from government programs, and when it's time to pay for care, cash from church offerings and quilt sales foot the bill.

“They eat fairly well, they get plenty of exercise, they don't drink or smoke, so as long as they don't get kicked in the head by a horse, they live forever,” Explained Dr. Mark Gideonsen with Augusta Family Medicine during an interview with WEAU-TV.

Registered nurse Tammy Raeder with the Eau Claire City County Health Department said she's been treating Amish patients for 22 years. She said their religion teaches not to rely on government, but each other; extending to paying healthcare bills while exempt from the Affordable Care Act.

According to, these groups could be exempt from the insurance requirement if:

•You’re uninsured for less than 3 months of the year
•The lowest-priced coverage available to you would cost more than 8% of your household income
•You don’t have to file a tax return because your income is too low (Learn about the filing limit.)
•You’re a member of a federally recognized tribe or eligible for services through an Indian Health Services provider
•You’re a member of a recognized health care sharing ministry
•You’re a member of a recognized religious sect with religious objections to insurance, including Social Security and Medicare
•You’re incarcerated, and not awaiting the disposition of charges against you
•You’re not lawfully present in the U.S.

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