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Decoding the Obamacare enrollment deadline

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Wayne Borders is an Affordable Care Act Navigator who helps people find the plans they need on the healthcare.gov marketplace Wayne Borders is an Affordable Care Act Navigator who helps people find the plans they need on the healthcare.gov marketplace

By: Josh Butler

Only six days remain until the end of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.

Many people still have questions about the penalties that they'll face if they pass March 31st without coverage.

The penalties are actually simple.

"It's one percent of your income or $95... whichever is greater," says Wayne Borders, an Affordable Care Act Navigator with the South Carolina Progressive Network.

The big question seems to be who is facing that one percent penalty if they don't enroll.

You'll face a penalty if you are:

  • Any individual who makes over $11,490
  • A family of two with a household income over $15,510
  • A family of three with a household income over $19,530
  • A family of four with a household income over $23,550
  • A family of five with a household income over $27,570

Take those numbers and multiply them by four and you get the range of income that is eligible for a tax credit to help pay for your household's health insurance.

Still confused? The good news is there are plenty of opportunities for help online and in your community.

  • The BlueCross BlueShield retail store located at 1260 Bower Parkway, Suite A4, is available to help customers navigate the purchasing process.
  • Palmetto Health Richland is holding an event Wednesday, March 26 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • The Earlewood Park Community Center on Parkside Drive will be assisting people from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday and Monday.
  • The SC Progressive Network is assisting people from the Modjeska Monteith Simkins House at 2025 Marion Street until the deadline Tuesday.

You can shop for your healthcare plan on the Affordable Care Act marketplace.

You can also call the marketplace help line anytime at 1-800-318-2596. That number is available 24/7 to assist you in getting the healthcare you need.


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