Only a few days left to get covered!

Open Enrollment in Marketplace Health Insurance plans ends this coming Sunday, January 31st—so if you still don’t have health insurance for 2016, take some time over the next few days to make sure you’re covered, won’t have to pay a penalty, and most importantly, rest easy knowing you’ll have the financial support you need to take good care of your health.

As our partners at Consumers for Affordable Healthcare write:

“This year, the penalty for not having coverage is going up. An adult who chooses to go without coverage in 2016 will owe a penalty of at least $695 when they file their taxes next year. And remember, you have to have coverage for all of 2016 to avoid the penalty when you file next spring. You cannot sign up for a plan at tax time to avoid a penalty for last year.

Health coverage may be more affordable than you think. Last year, 9 out of 10 Mainers who applied qualified for lower costs. A family of four can make up to $95,000 a year and still get financial assistance to lower the cost of a plan.”

To get assistance enrolling in health coverage today (January 29th), you can contact Maine Family Planning or Consumers for Affordable Healthcare:

  • Maine Family Planning: 207-248-3928
  • Consumers for Affordable Healthcare: 1-800-965-7476

Don’t need our help signing up? You can enroll online anytime by the end of the day on January 31st at www.healthcare.gov, or by calling the Marketplace at 1-800-318-2596.

There will be opportunities to sign up after January 31st– but they’re limited. Once open enrollment ends, you may not be able to enroll until next November. Until then, you can only sign up for a Marketplace plan if you have a “qualifying life event.” What counts as a qualifying event?

Changes in household size:

  • Marriage
  • Having or adopting a child
  • Divorce

Changes in circumstance:

  • Moving to a different state
  • A change in income

Changes in status:

  • Gaining citizenship or lawful presence in the U.S.
  • Being released from incarceration

We’re down to the wire, so don’t put it off any longer!

For more information on how Maine Family Planning can help, go to www.mainefamilyplanning.org/GetCovered, or contact us at 207-248-3928.

 

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