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Special enrollment period announced for health insurance; WRMC can help

If you’re in the process of filing your 2014 taxes and learn you’re going to be penalized for not having health insurance in 2014, you may qualify for a special enrollment period to obtain coverage for 2015. From March 15 until April 30, the government will open a special enrollment period. By obtaining 2015 coverage before April 30, you may avoid paying a tax penalty in 2015 – and you will have health insurance that will help cover your family in the event of injury or illness. Just as it did for the most recent open enrollment period, Weatherford Regional Medical Center can help with enrollment.

For individuals who were unaware or didn’t understand the implications of the tax penalty for not enrolling in coverage, this special enrollment period will provide an extended opportunity to purchase health insurance coverage for 2015. To qualify, an uninsured individual must meet these qualifications:

▪  The uninsured individual will need to state they had to pay a penalty for not having coverage in the 2014 tax year.

▪ The uninsured individual cannot be currently enrolled in a plan on HealthCare.gov.

▪ The uninsured individual only found out they were going to have to pay a tax penalty when they were preparing their 2014 tax return.

Those who did not qualify for an exemption and went without health coverage in 2014 will pay a tax penalty of $95 per adult or 1 percent of their income - whichever is greater – when they file their taxes for 2014. Unless uninsured consumers take advantage of this special enrollment period, they may have to pay a tax penalty when filing their 2015 income taxes. The penalty will increase to $325 per adult or 2 percent of income for 2015.

The deadline is April 30 and individuals must meet certain qualifications. Call 682-582-1820 before April 30 to avoid the tax penalty in 2015.

WRMC and its employed physicians proudly accept Marketplace health plans from the following insurance carriers:

▪ Blue Cross Blue Shield of TX

▪ Cigna Healthcare

▪ Assurant (Aetna network)

The special enrollment runs from March 15 to April 30.

To make an appointment for enrollment help for the Health Insurance Marketplace or Medicaid, call 682-582-1820

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