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March 31 deadline for Affordable Care Act applicants, volunteers wanted

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On Organizing for Action website, there's a photo of President Barack H. Obama checking the time. And that time is March 31, slightly over a week from now, for Americans to sign up for health insurance and avoid paying the 1 percent yearly household income fee (or $95). For anyone under 18, the fee would be $47.50.

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The maximum penalty in 2014 for not signing up for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be $285 per family. The rate will increase every year starting in 2015 with 2 percent of income (or $325) and 2.5 percent of income (or $695) in 2016 and later years.

In Chicago, ACA volunteers are found at restaurants, such as Starbucks; colleges, such as Truman College; and libraries, such as Rogers Park Library, to help people find out more information about rates, ask questions about HealthCare.gov and clarify some of the misinformation about ACA (also nicknamed Obamacare).

For ACA supporters who'd like to get involved to help the last-minute applicants, click here to volunteer in your area with the Health Care Action Hub.

For the movers and shakers who'd prefer to plan an event, click here to suggest an event that will bring attention to ACA and help people apply.

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