By Christopher Curry
The special tax season sign-up period for the Affordable Care Act runs through Thursday.
The limited enrollment period started March 15 and is open to people who did not sign up for coverage in 2014 or 2015 and were unaware they would face a financial penalty for not purchasing health insurance coverage through the ACA.
They will face the financial penalty for not buying ACA coverage in 2014 but can avoid the larger penalty looming next tax season by getting 2015 coverage.
For those required to purchase coverage through the ACA who did not, the penalty in 2014 was $95 per adult — $47.50 for each uninsured child — or 1 percent of income, whichever is greater.
The household cap for a penalty for not having coverage in 2014 was $285.
The increased penalties for 2015 are $325 per adult or 2 percent of income, with a household cap of $975.
To sign up for coverage online, go to www.healthcare.gov.
The federally funded navigators who assist people sign up for coverage through the Affordable Care Act are also available this week for in-person help.
Navigators working with either the Epilepsy Foundation of Florida or the WellFlorida Council will be available at the following times and locations:
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., UF Mobile Health/Library Partnership, 1130 NE 16th Ave., Gainesville
1-5 p.m., Epilepsy Foundation of Florida 1000 NW Eighth Ave., Suite A, Gainesville
1-5 p.m., Live Oak Housing Authority, 406 Webb Drive, Live Oak
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Bradford County Public Library, 456 W. Pratt St., Starke
1-5 p.m., Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, 1000 NW Eighth Ave., Suite A, Gainesville
10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Millhopper Library, 3145 NW 43rd St., Gainesville
10 a.m. to 5 p.m., United Way of Marion County, 1401 NE Second St., Ocala
1-3 p.m., Epilepsy Foundation of Florida, 1000 Eighth Ave. Suite A, Gainesville