Deadline nears for enrollment under Affordable Care Act

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Americans who do not have health coverage are being reminded to sign-up for what is commonly known as “Obamacare” or The Affordable Care Act before the Monday night deadline, or face a tax penalty.

In Illinois, the “Get Covered Illinois” marketplace is partnering with several community groups by offering special late-night enrollment hours for those seeking to enroll by 11:00 p.m. Monday, March 31. People called “navigators” will be at several Chicago-area locations to help those who need insurance complete the enrollment process.

Those locations include University of Illinois Hospital and Health Sciences System at 1740 W. Taylor, Mercy Hospital and Medical Center at 2525 S. Michigan, Ann Sather Restaurant at 909 W. Belmont, Norwegian American Hospital at 1044 N. Francisco, and Ingalls Hospital in south suburban Harvey.

No appointments are necessary, but consumers should bring Social Security number, proof of state residency, housing lease or utility bill, 2012 tax return and current health insurance information if applicable.

Anyone who does not have insurance faces a fine of either one-percent of income or 95-dollars, whichever is greater, when it comes time to file federal taxes for 2014.

Depending on household income, financial help can also be made available.

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