What you need to know when enrolling for healthcare
BATON ROUGE - Open enrollment has begun for those wanting to get health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. There are some changes this year, including increased fines for being uninsured and a shorter enrollment period.
"The biggest single change is that the fines have tripled," Louisiana Healthcare Education Coalition State Coordinator Doug Wilkinson. "Last year it was a $95 fine if you didn't enroll. This year it's $325 or 2% of your gross income, whichever is greater".
The enrollment period is also two months shorter this year. Enrollment began Saturday and will run until February 15th, but if you want coverage by January 1st, you have to everything taken care of by December 15th.
Wilkinson says the problems that plagued the Obamacare website aren't popping up this time around.
"It's my understanding that two million people logged-on Saturday without any glitches," he told 2une In's Kylie Dixon.
In 2013, Louisiana had over 400,000 people eligible for subsidies, but only 100,000 signed on to purchase insurance. Wilkinson says there are new plans this year, so you shouldn't just choose the same option you did last year.
Watch the video or visit the LHEC website for more information.