Reminder: Sign up for health coverage by March 31

by Michelle Saport  |   

Please note that the deadline to sign up for the new health insurance options made available under the Affordable Care Act (also known as Obamacare) is Monday, March 31.

If you are like eight out of ten Americans, and you already have health insurance through your job, the VA or Medicare, you are set. But if you don't have health insurance, there is a way for you to get health care you can afford, even if you were previously denied for a pre-existing condition. Plans offered through the new health insurance marketplace are required to cover the basics: doctor visits, hospital stays, preventive care, prescriptions and more, and you may be able to get help paying for the cost of your new insurance or qualify for low-cost options.

Depending on your income, you might even be eligible for savings or free health care. If you do not have health insurance already and don't enroll by March 31, you may not be able to get health insurance again until next year. Just call (800) 318-2596 or visit to enroll. The majority of people without insurance today will be able to find a plan for $100/month or less. If you need help with your application, you can also visit to make an appointment with local navigators. They can answer any questions you may have and walk you through the application process. UAA/APU Consortium Librarian Sigrid Brudie also put together a guide to navigating the Affordable Care Act, available at

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