6,600 Sign Up For Obamacare, Short of 16,000 Goal

The number of Alaskans signed up for Obamacare has doubled since December 28 of last year.


New government figures say 6,600 now have coverage through the online federal marketplace. The original goal was to have 16,000 Alaskans signed up by March.


The deadline to sign up without facing a tax penalty is March 31. Last week, the U.S. House passed a bill to delay those penalties, but the bill will likely be shot down in the Democratic-led Senate, or face a Presidential veto.


We spoke with Matthew Felling in Sen. Murkowski’s office.


Felling: “They keep pushing off the delays that could make this more workable but would hurt them politically. And we’re seeing that their priority is not making it workable but protecting their own skin, their own image.”


According to healthcare.gov…


The fee in 2014 is 1% of your yearly income or $95 per person for the year, whichever is higher. The fee increases every year. In 2016 it’s 2.5% of income or $695 per person, whichever is higher.

If you’re paying under the $95 per person method, in 2014 the payment for uninsured children is $47.50 per child. The most a family would have to pay under this method in 2014 is $285.


For more on exemptions, visit the Exemptions FAQ.


The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates there are 140,000 Alaskans without insurance. About 60 percent of those under the age of 60 are likely eligible for tax credits.

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