ALBANY, GA (WALB) - The deadline for people without health insurance to sign up for Obamacare expires in less than three weeks. Penalties for not doing so have increased substantially from last year.
According to the official website, if you don't have coverage in 2015, you'll pay the higher of these two amounts:
- 2% of your yearly household income. (Only the amount of income above the tax filing threshold, about $10,000 for an individual, is used to calculate the penalty.) The maximum penalty is the national average premium for a bronze plan.
- $325 per person for the year ($162.50 per child under 18). The maximum penalty per family using this method is $975.
The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia is a navigator for those looking to enroll in healthcare coverage through the Affordable Care Act.
The Cancer Coalition's Kimberly Scott says the important thing now is to get help before the February 15 deadline. "We are available to assist individuals and families who may be confused about enrolling or what is required by the law. We don't want anyone to face a penalty simply because they were uninformed," she said.
The Coalition's navigators will be available at a collaborative, community event on Saturday, January 31 and will remain available until the enrollment period ends on February 15. For more information call 229-312-1700.
These free workshops will be hosted in partnership with Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital. During the workshops, individuals and small business owners will receive information and assistance with applying for health insurance.
Navigators will be available on-site to assist attendees one-on-one during a set schedule of walk-in hours. Or if you plan on signing up yourself and have questions during the process you can call the coalition with questions. Translated materials will be available for non-English speakers. Information about the health plans is available at HealthCare.gov or by calling 1-855-899-6092, or Insure Georgia at 1-866-988-8246.
Cancer Coalition office in Albany is 229-312-1700.
A seminar is scheduled for Saturday January 31, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Albany Civic Center, 100 Oglethorpe Blvd.
Contact Karen Davis at 678-637-3627 for details.
Certified navigators will assist residents in understanding and accessing their health care options. The Navigators will help residents sort through the information available in the Georgia Health online marketplace, which offers Georgians a gateway to affordable healthcare.