Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Health Insurance Deadline is March 31! Are You Enrolled?

UPDATE: While the deadline is still March 31, there is a little wiggle room. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said that those who have already started the enrollment process before March 31 can finish after the deadline.

"Just like Election Day, if you are in line when the polls close, you get to vote. We won’t close the door on those who tried to get covered and were unable to do so through no fault of their own. So, those who were in line or had technical problems with the website can quickly come back and sign up as soon as possible," writes Julie Bataille, Director of Communications at Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in a blog post dated March 26.

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Just a few days remain to sign up for health insurance at Healthcare.gov! Open enrollment for insurance this year ends on March 31.

Healthcare.gov has some excellent information for those who still need to enroll. For a quick refresher of what exactly the Health Insurance Marketplace provides, as well as who it's for, check out this guide. Another great source of information is this page, which gives you an idea of what to expect as you enroll. For answers to other questions, check out the FAQ page.

St. Louis Public Library still has a few opportunities left for you to get help signing up. Appointments are not necessary.

  • From 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, March 26 (that's tonight), Central Library will host certified application counselors from the Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Centers. Counselors will be available just inside the Locust Street entrance on the north side of the building.
  • Certified application counselors from the People's Community Action Corporation will be at the Barr Branch from 3-6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27.
  • The certified application counselors from Betty Jean Kerr People's Health Centers will be back at Central one last time from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, March 29, again just inside the Locust Street entrance.

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