I am 50 years old, unemployed, and have a 22 year old son who is a full time college student. We have no income. What are we required to do to comply? We are residents of South Carolina.
If you are unemployed and will have no income you are exempt from the fee, but may be eligible for free or low cost coverage through Medicaid.
In state's that did expand Medicaid everyone making less than 400% of the Federal Poverty Level should have access to affordable coverage through Medicaid or the Marketplace.
In state's that didn't expand, like South Carolina, millions of Americans fall in "the Medicaid Gap" (the gap between subsidies and Medicaid eligibility).
Judging by the information you gave us, it unfortunately looks like you may be in "the Medicaid Gap". Remember that next time you vote, your state leaders decided not to participate.
That being said take a shot and apply for HealthCare.Gov. If you can project income over the 100% Federal Poverty Level you may be able to get a Marketplace plan with cost assistance.
And here is a pro tip: If you apply for Medicaid and are rejected (even though you know you will be rejected) you are exempt from the fee and will have access to catastrophic coverage. You'll need to apply for the exemption at HealthCare.Gov using your rejection letter as proof. So don't miss that step.
The good news for some folks like you is that, while states like South Carolina didn't expand Medicaid, some parents may be eligible for Medicaid if their child is on CHIP (children's Medicaid).