January 31 Final Deadline to Sign up for Coverage

///January 31 Final Deadline to Sign up for Coverage
Melissa McChesney

The final deadline to sign up for coverage is almost here. Consumers have to sign up for 2016 coverage by January 31, 2016. Here are a few fast facts about getting covered through HealthCare.gov:

  • It’s not as expensive as you think. So far, 8 out of 10 Texans who enrolled in a health plan were eligible for financial help. In fact, most people can find a health insurance plan for as little as $100 or less per month.
  • It is the law, the January 31 deadline may be the last chance for consumers to sign up for coverage and avoid the penalty on their taxes of $695 or more next year. For some, the tax penalty would be more expensive than just buying a basic bronze plan.
  • Free help is available! To find local help signing up for enrollment consumers can go to Healthcare.gov/local-help or they can schedule an appointment online at www.getcoveredamerica.org/connector. Trained enrollment specialists will provide free, personal help and share other important advice, including how to qualify for financial help, how to start an application, or how to re-enroll.

If you – or someone you know – needs health insurance, now’s your chance to sign up for quality and affordable coverage.

At the Center for Public Policy Priorities, we believe in a Texas that offers everyone the chance to compete and succeed in life. We envision a Texas where everyone is healthy, well-educated, and financially secure. We want the best Texas - a proud state that sets the bar nationally by expanding opportunity for all. CPPP is an independent public policy organization that uses data and analysis to advocate for solutions that enable Texans of all backgrounds to reach their full potential. We dare Texas to be the best state for hard-working people and their families.

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