Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition
BATON ROUGE- The open enrollment deadline to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act passed in February, but some people are getting another chance.
A special enrollment period is happening through the end of the month. This morning Doug Wilkinson, from the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition, stopped by 2une In to give us the details.
Approximately 300,000 Louisiana residents didn't sign up for the Affordable Care Act before the deadline, but some people still have time.
There is an extended enrollment period going on until April 30th. In order to still be eligible, you must meet three criteria.
1. You cannot have any existing healthcare coverage.
2. You must have paid a penalty fee.
3. You must have been unaware of how the Affordable Care Act applied to you and your family.
Anyone that meets those three guidelines is still able to sign up for healthcare, and Doug Wilkinson says the coverage makes a huge difference.
"Don't listen to all the hype about what's going to change," said Wilkinson. "Because it may or may not happen."
For more information on the criteria to qualify for the extended enrollment period, you can visit the Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition's website.