DEARBORN (WWJ) — Sunday is the final day to sign up for health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act before facing a tax penalty.
Jennifer Pipes with Enroll America hosted an enrollment event in Dearborn on Sunday and said that people should not be timid to sign up.READ MORE: Michigan Launches MI Benefits Center To Help Residents Apply For Food Assistance
“At least get your application, at least see the numbers, at least see the prices,” Pipes said. “I was one of the timid people for my son and I did my application and paid my premium yesterday, and it was a very low price. My tax credit was good, my deductible is low for my son and the co-payment is not that bad.”
Those who are not signed up by Monday will face a tax penalty. You can visit healthcare.gov begin the enrollment process using your social security number, any existing coverage plan information and income documentation.
“You will get a tax penalty, you will be penalized,” Pipes said. “Last year, it was $95 or one percent of your income, whichever was higher.”READ MORE: Multiple Students Facing Charges For School Threats In Metro Detroit
That number has gone up to two percent of your annual income, or $325 per adult. The health insurance marketplace offers Michigan residents a choice of coverage from 16 different providers.
Shawn Dhanak with Enroll America says getting coverage is critical.
“We urge everybody to get to the website as soon as possible, finish their shopping and pick a plan so that they can continue 2015 with the peace of mind and financial security that comes with having quality, affordable health care coverage,” Dhanak said.MORE NEWS: Michigan Medicine Pauses Vaccine Mandate For Its Union Employees, Including Nurses
“So far, so good — everybody who came in this morning has successfully enrolled and everything has been going pretty good,” Pipes said.