Last Call For Health Insurance Before Tax Penalty Hits

Feb 13, 2015

This weekend marks the last chance for Granite Staters to sign up for insurance through Healthcare.gov.

To avoid a tax penalty, people have to purchase a plan with a starting date of March 1 by this Sunday.

Jayne Navarro, a patient navigator at Manchester Community Health Center, says she’s had steady traffic through her office for the past few weeks.

"People are now really understanding – especially now coming tax season – the importance of being able to take care of this," says Navarro.

Navarro adds the online federal exchange has operated without the technical glitches that plagued it this year, making for a much smoother enrollment season.

Four insurers are competing on the exchange for New Hampshire’s nearly 100,000 uninsured residents. Low-income residents may also be eligible for Medicaid, which the state expanded last year.