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Feb 13, 2015 6:13 PM

Enrollment period for health insurance under Affordable Care Act ends Sunday


You only have through Sunday, Feb. 15th to sign up for insurance or switch your plan through the Federal marketplace. And for all of those people waiting until the last minute, there will be 14,000 call center workers to help. There's even a mobile app to make it easy for you.

About 10-million people have already signed up. Eight out of 10 are getting financial help with their premiums. The average savings is $268 a month.

The next enrollment window won't open again until October, and that's for coverage starting next year.

Those who do not have health insurance this year will face steeper fines than last year. Most will pay about 2 percent of their household income or $325 for each adult and $162.50 for each child in the household - whichever is higher.

There are some exceptions to Sunday's deadline. Life changing events like getting married, having a baby, or losing job-based coverage may qualify you for a special enrollment period.

If you qualify for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) you can apply any time of year.

For more information or to sign up, go to www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.


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