Affordable Care Act deadline help - Tucson News Now

Affordable Care Act deadline help

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Today is the deadline to apply for the Affordable Care Act--also known as Obamacare. For insurance benefits to start on January 1, people.have to submit their application by the end of the day.

The Marana Health Center is just one place residents can go to for help. People who need assistance can text the word "locator" to 877-877 and then put in their zip code.  In a couple seconds they'll be sent a list of places in the area.

You can also log onto their website, healthcare.gov. or call their hotline, 1-800-318-2596.  The healthcare.gov website has a new "window shopping" feature to make it easier for people who qualify for subsidies to find and compare coverage. It also has help for people who are able to get Medicaid or the children's health insurance program.

Make sure to mail in the first premium so that it's postmarked no later than December 31, so your coverage can begin on January 1.

Open enrollment continues until March 31 of next year. For those who miss the deadline today,  coverage will begin February 1.   For those who miss the extended enrollment period, they'll have to wait until the next open enrollment period, which starts October 15 of next year.

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