The federal deadline to sign up for health insurance is March 31.
Under the Affordable Care Act, people who haven’t registered for a health insurance plan by March 31 will face a federal tax penalty of 1 percent of their income or $95, whichever is greater. The penalty will increase incrementally over several years.
BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina is holding an open house Wednesday from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Baxter Hood Center at York Technical College to assist people with enrollment.
Local independent agents will be there to answer questions, assist with determining if a person is eligible for a federal subsidy, and enroll people for a policy that would comply with the Affordable Care Act and be effective May 1. Children are welcome. The agents will represent health plans from Blue Cross and from BlueChoice HealthPlan of South Carolina.
“We encourage people to sign up to avoid the federal tax penalty. Health insurance is complex and we want them to be able to ask all their questions and get answers to help them find the right plan for them and their families,” said Chuck Campbell, BlueCross vice president of agency sales.
People who can’t make the open house can get information and enroll in plans by calling 877-313-2583 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org to connect with enrollment counselors.
They can find a list of independent agents or do their own research and enroll in a plan directly online at www.SouthCarolinaBlues.com.
South Carolina residents can also go the federal health care exchange at www.healthcare.gov
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