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Covered California offering special enrollment for consumers unaware of tax penalty

SAN DIEGO, California -- Although the deadline for health coverage in 2015 through Covered California has passed, consumers who now face a tax penalty for being uninsured might have a way out.

Covered California is offering a time-limited opportunity to enroll during special enrollment for consumers who did not realize there was a tax penalty in 2014 or learned they may face a penalty in 2015.

From now until April 30, consumers are eligible to apply for health coverage during special enrollment. Applicants must attest to the fact that they did not realize there was a tax penalty by selecting “Informed of Tax Penalty Risk” on the drop-down menu. To start the process for this special-enrollment category, click here.

In addition, there are other conditions that may qualify individuals to enroll in coverage outside of the open-enrollment period.

Read more about special enrollment year-round HERE.