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Health Care Deadline Fast Approaching

Sign up by March 31 or face fines equal to 1% of your annual salary.


The deadline to sign up for coverage through the health insurance marketplace is fast approaching. Those wishing to purchase coverage through the exchange must do so by March 31 or face fines and lack of coverage.

You can read the full Affordable Care Act here.

It is now too late to sign up using traditional paper forms, so those looking to sign up must do so online at healthcare.gov. You can also call 1-800-318-2596 24 hours a day, seven days a week with questions or for help submitting an application.

Click here for a checklist of items you’ll need when signing up.

If you don’t enroll by March 31, and don’t have some other form of health insurance, such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP and job-related plans, you will face fines equal to 1% of your annual salary or $95 per adult and $47.50 per child in the household, whichever is higher. Those fines will be due with your 2015 taxes. 

You also will be unable to sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act until the next open enrollment period, which will begin Nov. 15 for coverage in 2015.

One last piece of advice — once you’ve selected a plan, make sure to pay your first premium. You haven’t really signed up until that happens.

Have you signed up for coverage through the health insurance marketplace? 


dwayne roberson April 01, 2014 at 07:20 AM
I know, he said you could keep your insurance. He promised an average savings of 2500$. The numbers were done with government math meaning they will triple in less than ten years. Government budgets Always do. Yeah and if you like your doctor you can keep your doctor...period. Yeah, um not so much. I'm sure he wouldn't lie about the enrollment data tho ;>)
Ann Knipfer April 01, 2014 at 07:49 PM
The "origination clause " in our constitution says that laws MUST originate in the house of representatives. Does anyone remember hearing Nancy Pelosi say "we have to pass the bill to see what's in it". Case closed!!!! Unconstitutional!!!!
Jeff Lotte April 01, 2014 at 09:48 PM
Like I said earlier, the career politicians have got to go! http://www.termlimitsforuscongress.com/
dwayne roberson April 02, 2014 at 06:03 AM
Jeff, I share your frustration with career politicians. That being said I would prefer a return to conservative principles as opposed to legislation for term limitation. Conservatism works every time it is tried. Prosperity in the standard of living, the economy and opportunities all are enhanced in a fundamental meritocracy. When I look at the career of Winston Churchill I shudder to think what would have happened if he were not permitted to lead because of limits placed on duration of public service.
Jeff Lotte April 02, 2014 at 09:22 AM
In todays world of liars and politicians in it for the power and money we can no longer believe in these people to uphold their "conservative" principles. We get the conservative "voter for me" speeches election cycle after election cycle only to find that these people bend to the party pressure and the lobbyists with the most cash. We are not gonna get anywhere doing the same thing over and over expecting different results, that has already been proven beyond a reasonable doubt. We need results, not party propaganda.

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