Affordable Care Act coverage deadline fast approaching

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) If you haven't signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, time is running out.

Anyone without health insurance has until March 31st to sign up.

Under the new law, it is mandatory for everyone to have health insurance, but if you don't sign up in time, you will be facing a fine.

Fines are $95 per adult, just over $47 for anyone under 18, and up to $285 per family or one-percent of your income.

Marty Anderson with Security Health says there are events coming up to help those who haven't signed up yet.

"Security Health Plan has enrollment events taking place in the area and got one coming up tomorrow in Eau Claire on the 25th, we've got one coming up in Chippewa Falls on the 31st. At those enrollment events we set up about 30 computers and people from the public can come in and they can enroll in the healthcare.gov website, they get one-on-one help with the Security Health Plan representative to make sure they get their subsidies they are eligible for and make sure they get a plan that meets their needs," says Anderson.

If you enroll by March 31st, your health insurance coverage will start May 1st.

If you don't make the deadline, the next open enrollment starts November 15th.


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