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Special Enrollment Period for the Affordable Care Act

March 15, 2015 through April 30, 2015 The open enrollment deadline to sign up for health insurance passed in February, but some consumers are getting a second chance. As tax season cranks into full gear, the federal government decided to offer a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) through April 30. So who qualifies this time around? You may still be able to enroll in 2015 coverage if: You didn’t know until after open enrollment ended on Feb. 15, 2015, that the healthcare law required you and your household to have health coverage, or you didn’t understand how the requirement would impact you and your household You owe the fee for not having coverage for one or more months in 2014 You aren’t already enrolled in 2015 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace or outside the Marketplace If all of these apply to you, you can enroll in a 2015 plan through April 30, 2015. If you enroll in coverage on or before the 15th of the month, coverage will be effective the first day of the following month. A tax exemption tool is available at to help consumers find out if they qualify for an exemption from any penalties. Other special enrollment periods throughout the year offer coverage to people losing group coverage, people getting married or having a baby, small businesses looking to insure employees, and a handful of other scenarios. Find the full list at  

How to use your new Marketplace coverage

Now that you’ve joined millions of Americans in getting coverage, you need to learn how to use it. Here are some steps you can take right now to ensure that you have access to health care once your coverage begins.

Open Enrollment is over

We know many of you worked hard to finish enrolling in a health plan in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Sometimes despite your best efforts, you might have run into delays caused by heavy traffic to or our call center, maintenance periods, or other special situations that prevented you from finishing the process on time. If that happened to you, don’t worry – you still may be able to get covered in 2014.

Tune in Jan. 26 for Health Insurance Help Desk Radio Program Featuring Blue Cross’ Dr. David Carmouche

Tune in to the Health Insurance Help Desk Radio Program on the Louisiana Radio Network on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 8 p.m. for the latest news on the Affordable Care Act. The one-hour call-in show will feature Dr. David Carmouche, executive vice president of external operations and chief medical officer for Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana. Dr. Carmouche will take your calls and answer all your questions on the ACA. Listen to the show on the following participating radio stations: Alexandria – KSYL – 970 AM Baton Rouge – WBRP -107.3 FM Lafayette – KPEL – 96.5 FM Lake Charles – KLCL – 1470 AM Monroe – KMLB – 540 AM Shreveport – KVKI – 96.5 FM Slidell – WSLA – 1560 AM Thibodaux – KTIB – 640 AM