Deadline approaching for Affordable Care Act open enrollment

CHIPPEWA FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- Time is ticking to enroll for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

On March 31st enrollment ends for Healthcare.gov and that means more people are turning to insurance agents and educators to get signed up.

“There will not be an extended deadline this time. March 31st is it. They aren't going to extend it anymore this is kind of a drop dead date,” Affordable Care Act navigator Sue Lane said.

Lane has helped break down healthcare.gov for hundreds of people in the Chippewa Valley since the marketplace first opened up. She says if you've been putting off signing up for the marketplace, now is the time to act.

“Unless there are some special circumstances if you are just refusing to apply then you are subject to a penalty after March 31st,” Lane explained.

Under the Affordable Care Act, if someone doesn’t have any type of insurance coverage in 2014 they may have to pay a penalty fee. For a single adult the penalty is 95-dollars or one percent of your yearly household income. Whichever amount is higher is what you'll end up paying.

“The fee would be assessed to an individual who doesn’t have insurance by March 31st,” Lane said.

If you are looking to get signed up Lane says there are a few things you'll need to make sure you have to get the process started.

“You should have social security numbers for each family member. You should have income tax returns or some verification of income of everyone in the household and dates of birth and if anyone in the household has employer based insurance they should have that information,” she said.

As far as signup time goes, Lane says if you have all of your documents ready you should be able to enroll in about an hour.

If you need help enrolling there are several sessions scheduled in Eau Claire and Chippewa in the coming weeks. You can find information on those sessions by following the links under Related Items on the right-hand side of this screen.


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