Affordable Care Act Update: Enrollment and Coverage Deadlines Clarified

On October 23, the Obama administration made an announcement that gives uninsured Americans who purchase health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace until March 31, 2014 to enroll in or sign up for a health insurance plan and clears up questions regarding the timeline  when insurance coverage needs to kick in to avoid a tax penalty.

The confusion has been whether the uninsured need to be covered by March 31, 2014 or if they have to be signed up or enrolled in a plan by then, since it takes time for coverage to take effect after enrollment.

The administration clarified Wednesday, that individuals without health insurance do not need to be covered by March 31, 2014, they just need to enroll in or sign up for a plan through the Health Insurance Marketplace by then to avoid a tax penalty on their 2014 taxes filed in 2015.

Check back with the blog for more up to date information regarding the health care law.

TurboTax is here to help explain health care reform and how it affects you and your taxes, so that you can make the best decision for your health and finances.

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Lisa Lewis is a CPA and the TurboTax Blog Editor. Lisa has 15 years of experience in tax preparation. Her success is attributed to being able to interpret tax laws and help clients better understand them. Lisa also has been a TurboTax product user for many years and understands how the software program works. In addition to extensive tax experience, Lisa also has a very well-rounded professional background. She has held positions as a public auditor, controller, and operations manager. Prior to becoming the TurboTax Blog Editor, she was a Technical Writer for the TurboTax Consumer Group and worked on a project to write new FAQs to help customers better understand tax laws. She could also be seen helping TurboTax customers with tax questions during Lifeline. For Lisa, getting timely and accurate information out to customers to help them is paramount.

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