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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

The deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act has now passed.

Monday night was the time to select a plan and avoid a penalty from the IRS for those who can afford healthcare.

Among those at University of Arizona Medical Center Monday, the message was to not let the deadline keep you from signing up.  Life could get more complicated the longer you wait.

One man at UAMC applied for a plan back when the site was having problems in November and never heard back when it said he would be notified if he qualified for Medicaid under AHCCCS.  So he showed up Monday to make sure that he gets covered until he gets a new job.

Just giving a name and number by Monday night helped others avoid the $95 per person fee for not signing up by the deadline.  Now they have until mid-month to do it.  Even for those who missed the deadline, he and the lead navigator with pima community access program said that not signing up and going uninsured can put a lot at risk.

"This is something that you need to do, whether you support it or not, because this is, the law of the land and you may as well do it for your own safety and it's being responsible in case there is an accident or your health does go downhill rapidly overnight, or, who knows, there's many things that could happen," said Jon, who was applying for health care.

"You're taking a risk in losing your assets if you have a lot of property or assets like cars and 401ks or that could be, you could lose that for having taken a chance on not having insurance," said PCAP lead navigator Don Valdez.

And that's especially important for those who might put off signing up for Medicaid.  There is no deadline for that, which could make putting it off easier. But waiting is not recommended.

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