Obamacare grace period ends Tuesday
April 15 is a deadline familiar to all — it's Tax Day. But it's also a different deadline, the last call to sign up for Affordable Care Act policies and avoid a penalty if you're not already insured. The Tuesday deadline comes after several extensions to the Obamacare signup period.
After Tuesday, you won't be able to get coverage under the Affordable Care Act unless you have a qualifying life event — those who lose coverage because of a job change, and those who get married, divorced or have a child can enroll throughout the year.
If you had trouble signing up for an Obamacare health insurance plan before March 31, you can finish the process under the grace period, which expires Tuesday.
Those eligible to complete their signups are those who were blocked from competing an application because of troubles with healthcare.gov, those who couldn't obtain an appointment with a health insurance navigator or insurance agent before the deadline, or those who mailed an application but didn't receive a response.
To complete the process, officials advise you to log onto healthcare.gov, and finalize your application, or call the Marketplace Call Center for assistance at 800-318-2596. The center is staffed 24 hours daily. Be sure to explain that you tried to sign up before the March 31 deadline, officials said.
Those who complete their enrollment by April 15 will be covered under their new plan on May 1. Those who are covered on that date won't be hit with the tax penalty being levied on those who are uninsured.