Last updated: March 25. 2014 2:14PM - 243 Views
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The deadline to sign up for health insurance is approaching, and help is available locally at the Wyoming County Council on Aging.

March 31is the last day of the current open enrollment period.

“People have been calling and asking what they need to sign up,” said Rebecca Lusk of the WCCOA. “They need to have the income, social security number and birthday for everyone in the household.”

“It usually takes about 30 to 45 minutes to go through the process,” she noted. “People have been calling and usually want to know what they need to bring in,” said Lusk.

“We go over the different plans and they choose a plan they want,” she commented. Working through the health insurance website (www.healthcare.gov) is going a lot more smoothly than it did when it was first launched.

“It’s been going pretty good,” said Lusk. “They’ve been keeping it up and working. Occasionally it will kick (an application) out but most of the time it works.”

Anyone who does not enroll by the deadline will have to wait until this fall to sign u and will face fines.

“They’ll have to pay a penalty in taxes next year,” Lusk reported. “It is $95 per adult and half that much ($47.50) for a child or one percent of income, which ever is higher.”

Interested persons can visit Lusk at the WCCOA from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. through Friday.

“We’ve had people calling, but not many have been coming in,” she stated.

The Council on Aging is a non-profit agency which offers services to seniors.

To learn more about the health care marketplace and enrollment, call 304-294-8800 or 800-499-4080.

John Conley can be reached at 304-732-6060 or on Twitter @PIHnews.

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