We’ve had lots of success helping Floridians sign up for coverage. Nearly 445,000 Floridians enrolled in new Obamacare health plans or renewed their existing coverage during the first four weeks of open enrollment, federal health officials said Wednesday. Consumers have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage starting Jan. 1.
The enrollment window doesn’t close until Jan. 31. But those who select a plan between Dec. 16 and Jan. 15 won’t be covered until Feb. 1, and those who select a plan between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31 will have to wait until March 1.
Anyone who forgoes coverage — and doesn’t have health insurance through their employer or a federal program like Medicaid — will face a steep fine. Next year, the penalty will increase to $695 or 2.5 percent of household income, whichever amount is greater.
So far, more than two million Americans have signed up for Obamacare plans this year.
Of that total, about 700,000 are new customers, according to the figures from the Department of Health and Human Services. The remaining 1.3 million customers renewed their coverage.
2016 Obamacare Deadlines
Dec. 15: Last day to enroll in coverage starting Jan. 1.
Jan. 15: Last day to enroll in coverage starting Feb. 1.
Jan. 31: Open enrollment ends. Coverage for enrollment between Jan. 16 and Jan. 31 begins March 1.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services