Uninsured seek help in enrolling in Obamacare as deadline looms

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by Sherry Williams / KHOU 11 News

khou.com

Posted on March 29, 2014 at 6:20 PM

Updated Saturday, Mar 29 at 6:52 PM

HOUSTON – The deadline to sign up for Obamacare is this Monday night. If you don’t have insurance after that, you could face a financial penalty that would have to be paid on your 2015 income taxes.

The penalty for missing the deadline is $95 or 1 percent of your income, whichever is higher.

At a Blue Cross Blue Shield Center in West Oaks Mall people were enrolling at the last minute. At the center, representatives were walking enrollees through the sign-up process, giving them one-on-one attention.

The Obama Administration is calling its health care program a success, stating 6 million people have signed up for insurance.

But critics, like Congressman Kevin Brady, of The Woodlands, who sits on the House Ways and Means Committee, point out the administration has not said how many enrollees have paid their premiums. Without payment, you don’t actually have insurance, critics said.

Still, supporters say Obamacare will ultimately help a lot of people stay healthy.

“The best way to handle an illness is in fact, not to get ill and so a part of the insurance provides for coverage for prevention and for wellness,” said Dr. Robert Morrow, chief medical officer for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Houston and Southeast Texas.

For more information:

1-800-318-2596

healthcare.gov

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