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NEWS BRIEFS

Kenton Library Hosts African American Genealogy Event Dec. 2

Stephen Hanks to present on genealogy resources and methods ...

PSU Hires New Police Chief

Donnell Tanksley brings policing philosophy rooted in community engagement to PSU ...

African American Portraits Exhibit at PAM Ends Dec. 29

Towards the end of its six month run, exhibit conveys the Black experience, late 1800s - 1990s ...

SEI, Sunshine Division Offer Thanksgiving Meals to Families in Need

Turkeys are being provided to fill 200 Thanksgiving food boxes for SEI families ...

NAACP Portland Monthly Meeting Nov. 18

Monthly general membership meeting takes place on Saturday, 12 - 2 p.m. ...

U.S. & WORLD NEWS

OPINION

Local Author Visits North Portland Library

Renee Watson teaches students and educators about the power of writing ...

Is the FBI’s New Focus on “Black Identity Extremists” the New COINTELPRO?

Rep. Cedric L. Richmond (D-La.) talks about the FBI’s misguided report on “Black Identity Extremism” and negative Facebook ads. ...

ACA Enrollment Surging, Even Though It Ends Dec. 15

NNPA contributing writer Cash Michaels writes about enrollment efforts ...

Blacks Often Pay Higher Fees for Car Purchases than Whites

Charlene Crowell explains why Black consumers often pay higher fees than White consumers, because of “add-on” products. ...

AFRICAN AMERICANS IN THE NEWS

ENTERTAINMENT

Skanner News Group

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange has announced a special enrollment opportunity today for residents who were unable to complete their applications by the Feb. 15 deadline or who may become aware of the tax penalty for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act when they file their annual tax return this year.

The special enrollment period runs from Feb. 17 to April 17, 2015.

“This is the first year that residents may incur a tax penalty for not having health insurance under the Affordable Care Act,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “This special enrollment window will allow these individuals – as well as those who experienced difficulty completing their applications – additional time to get enrolled for 2015 coverage.”

Those who aren’t covered in 2015 will face a penalty next year through the Internal Revenue Service of $325 per individual or up to 2 percent of your income, whichever is greater. Washingtonians who would like to enroll in 2015 coverage should take the following actions by April 17, 2015:

  • For Customers Who Were Unaware of the Tax Penalty: Complete an online application at wahealthplanfinder.org. When prompted to select the type of special enrollment you are applying for, select “other.” Customers will then be asked to contact the toll-free Customer Support Center to request a special enrollment at 1-855-923-4633.
  • For Existing Customers with Technical Issues: Customers are eligible if they have already started an application  and experienced barriers to enrollment and renewal due to system delays or technical defects in Washington Healthplanfinder, an inability to submit an application because their income could not be verified, or unclear instructions regarding the necessary steps for 2015 enrollment. While staff will continue to contact affected customers directly, customers can also call 1-855-923-4633 or email customersupport@wahbexchange.org to request a special enrollment or report their situation. 

Customers must request the spring special enrollment period by 4:59 PM on April 17 and pick a Qualified Health Plan and submit a payment by 11:59 PM on April 17 to secure 2015 coverage. For more information about the spring special enrollment opportunity, please click here for detailed frequently asked questions.

The Exchange also announced that nearly 160,000 residents enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan through www.wahealthplanfinder.org by the close of open enrollment on Feb. 15. Washington Healthplanfinder experienced significant interest over the weekend, with 40,000 unique website visits and nearly 30,000 calls to the Customer Support Center.

“Interest in accessing free or low-cost health insurance among Washingtonians continues to grow,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “As expected, we experienced a large influx in our Qualified Health Plan enrollment during the final days of open enrollment, and more than 66,000 new customers during the entire second open enrollment period.”

As a reminder, customers with standard qualifying life events, such as getting married or having a baby, should complete their online application per the standard special enrollment process.

 

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