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ACA Enrollment Period Extended for Those Who Were Uninsured in 2014

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The federal government has allowed a special enrollment period through April 30, 2015 for certain people who faced a tax penalty on their 2014 tax return and are still uninsured.

The signup period to buy an Obamacare plan for 2015 ended last month, but now, there’s a separate window to sign up for a very specific group of people.

Elizabeth Colvin, the director of nonprofit Insure Central Texas, which helps people with the health insurance application process, says this is only for people who are penalized on their 2014 tax return for being uninsured last year.

"If they’re still uninsured, they have an opportunity to get enrolled through the insurance marketplace so they can avoid a similar penalty on their 2015 tax return," Colvin says. 

This special enrollment period runs through April 30.

Most U.S. residents here lawfully who don’t have coverage in 2015 will pay a penalty of either 2 percent of yearly household income, or $325 per adult and $162.50 per youth under 18.

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