Those who have started applying for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act but can't complete the process by the March 31st enrollment deadline will be given an extension. That announcement was made on Tuesday by the Obama Administration, partly out of concern that the federal registration website, could become overwhelmed by people waiting until the last minute in order to avoid facing a tax penalty.
Christine Hall, the Executive Director of Healthy Howard, said navigators are standing by to assist those who are in need of help. "Healthy Howard is the connector organization for the Western Maryland region and we are serving Howard, Frederick, Carroll, Washington, Garrett and Allegheny to help them access affordable health care," said Hall.
To qualify for the extension, all you have to do is check the blue box on the healthcare.gov website which will indicate that you tried to sign up for insurance before the deadline, but officials don't know how long the extended enrollment period would last, only that it would be sometime through mid April.
If you don’t obtain health insurance, you’ll have to pay for the entire cost of all your medical care in 2014 and pay a tax penalty, said officials. Most people won’t get another chance to enroll until November.