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Paris Mayor AJ Hashmi announced at the end of last week’s Paris City Council meeting that representatives will be at the Jan. 13 council meeting to explain the Affordable Care Act and help citizens get coverage.
Circle the date, Hashmi said.
“After that meeting, they are going to arrange meetings at the library for people to go onto the Internet and get themselves famililarized with what it is and what they have to do or don’t have to do,” Hashmi said.
It is the law, so people need to get familiarized with it. So I would request that anyone who wants to know about health care to please come to the council meeting in January so that their questions can be answered,” the mayor said.
There’s an important deadline today (Monday, Dec. 23) for anyone wishing to be covered by the Affordable Care Act when it goes into effect in January. They should go to the online marketplace — HealthCare.Gov — and enroll today.
Today’s deadline is only for those who are uninsured, and there is no penalty for not meeting today’s deadline. It is only the deadline for those who want to ensure they will have their insurance by Jan. 1.
The earliest anyone not signed up by today would be eligible for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is March 30.
Anyone without health insurance by March 30 will be forced to pay a fine when they file their 2015 income taxes.
For the first year, the penalty is either $95 or 1 percent of the person’s annual salary.
If someone doesn’t have health insurance by the second year, the penalty increases to $395 and by the third year it grows to $695.
When the online marketplace launched on Oct. 1, the site was so inundated with people those in need were out of luck.
The latest numbers released from the federal government show as of Nov. 30 less than 5 percent of Texans successfully enrolled and chose a plan under the Affordable Care Act.
By Charles Richards, eParisExtra