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Another reminder health care enrollment deadline approaching

M. Elaine Wilson

A redundant phrase and one with increasing intensity is “don’t wait until the last minute”, which can be easier said then done, especially with respect to access issues. But the fact of the matter is the end of the month will signal the deadline to enroll in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). After the 31st, failure to enroll for health care coverage can result in financial penalties to be assessed at tax time beginning in 2014.

Assuming no further changes or deadline extensions the penalty to be assessed is 1% of income or $95.00, whichever is greater, and the rate will continue to increase, What’s the penalty for not having health insurance? | eHealth Affordable Care Act Resource Center. For example, the penalty will increase to 2% of income for 2015 and more in 2016. Another explanation of the deadline and penalty can be found from NBC News as well, What's the deadline to avoid health insurance penalty? - NBC News.

If the Washington State Health Care Exchange, Washington Healthplanfinder | Washington Healthplanfinder or Washington Health Benefit Exchange :: Home is not an option for whatever reason another possibility is the website, Health Insurance - Find Affordable Health Insurance Plans and Buy Medical Coverage Online., phone number 1-800-299-3116.

Community events are also being hosted in King and other counties for in person assistance, Enrollment event calendar. This site is subject to change due to updates so it would be advisable to check back before planning.