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Health & Fitness

Monday is deadline to sign up for private insurance under health law

The Associated Press
Published:   |   Updated: March 30, 2014 at 10:28 AM

Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama’s health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums.

Here’s what you need to know:

* The deadline is march 31 at midnight EDT for the states where the federal government is running the sign-up website, including Florida; states running their own exchanges set their own deadlines.

* You can sign up online by going to the website or your state insurance exchange. If you don’t know what your state marketplace is called, the website will direct you.

* You can call 1-800-318-2596 to sign up by phone or get help from an enrollment specialist.

* Check online for sign-up centers that may be open locally, offering in-person assistance.

* If you started an application by Monday but didn’t finish, perhaps because of errors, missing information or website glitches, you can take advantage of a grace period. The government says it will accept paper applications until April 7 and take as much time as necessary to handle unfinished cases.

* Be prepared for the possibility of long wait times.