Fined for Not Having Health Insurance? Some North Carolinians Have Until April 30 to Get Covered
Raleigh, N.C. – April 28, 2015 – With the April 30 deadline for the tax filing special enrollment period fast approaching, certain uninsured North Carolinians have 3 days left to enroll in a health plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Get Covered America and NC Get Covered are working hard to make sure that those who are eligible have the information and resources they need to get covered before the end of the month.
While the deadline to sign up for health insurance during the second open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act has passed, certain uninsured North Carolinians still have the opportunity to get quality, affordable health coverage through the tax filing special enrollment period which ends April 30. This new opportunity enables certain consumers to sign up for health coverage if they meet the following criteria:
- They do not have health insurance.
- They were subject to the fine for not having health insurance on their 2014 taxes.
- They did not know how the fine for not having health insurance affected them.
“In signing up for health insurance this year, consumers gain access to preventative care, diagnostic tests, and management of chronic conditions such as asthma, diabetes, and high blood pressure, while at the same time avoiding next year’s increased fine for not having health insurance,” said Lee Dixon, Project Director, NC Get Covered.
“It’s great news that certain North Carolinians can still sign up for health coverage through the Marketplace, thanks to the new tax filing special enrollment period, but the clock is ticking,” said Get Covered America North Carolina State Director Sorien Schmidt. “That’s why we’ve continued our outreach efforts even after the open enrollment period ended, so that those North Carolinians who stand to benefit from the new options available to them have what they need to get covered before April 30.”
Financial assistance that lowers the monthly premium cost of health plans on the Marketplace is available for North Carolinians who enroll in health coverage through the tax filing special enrollment period. During the last open enrollment period, 92% of those who signed up through the Marketplace received financial assistance to make health insurance truly affordable. Thanks to that financial help, the average North Carolinian who enrolled paid just $95 per month for comprehensive health coverage.
Even after the tax filing special enrollment period ends on April 30, there are other opportunities to enroll before the next open enrollment period for some. Certain North Carolinians who experience a qualifying life event throughout the year, such as losing coverage, getting married, having a baby, moving to a different coverage area, and becoming a citizen, among others circumstances, might be eligible to enroll through a special enrollment period triggered by the event. Those who think they have experienced a qualifying life event can visit the HHS screener and answer a few questions to determine their eligibility.
North Carolinians can visit www.NCGetCovered.org and www.GetCoveredAmerica.org to learn more about the ACA, and how to apply for health insurance online, over the phone, or through free local in-person enrollment assistance. Text the key words “GET COVERED” to 69866 to receive a listing of the closest nonprofit organization locations (within a 40 mile radius) that provide in-person assistance. Consumers can also schedule free appointments any day in their county on the Get Covered Connector or by calling 1-855-733-3711.
About NC Get Covered
NC Get Covered is a non-partisan initiative, powered by The Big Tent Coalition, committed to improving health outcomes in North Carolina through outreach, education and enrollment in the health insurance marketplace. The Big Tent Coalition is made of up nearly 100 organizations, including community-based organizations, hospitals, insurance carriers, in-person assisters and non-profit organizations, and more than 480 people throughout North Carolina. With grants from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, The Big Tent Coalition has developed a formal infrastructure to further enhance North Carolina’s efforts to meet the challenges and take advantage of opportunities in the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. For more information, visit www.NCGetCovered.org.
About Enroll America and Get Covered America
Enroll America is the nation’s leading health care enrollment coalition. An independent nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, Enroll America works with more than 4,600 partners in all 50 states to create cutting-edge tools, analyze data, inform policy, and share best practices in service of its mission: maximizing the number of Americans who enroll in and retain health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
The Get Covered America campaign was created in 2013 to inform millions of eligible consumers about their new health insurance options, and has been tested, refined, and proven successful through two enrollment cycles. Get Covered America programs and tools are now being utilized by partners in enrollment efforts nationwide, supported by more than 100 Enroll America staff working both nationally and on-the-ground in targeted communities across the country.