Health insurance deadline March 31

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177428054The deadline for uninsured Coloradans to enroll in commercial health insurance for 2014 is March 31.

After that, uninsured Coloradans cannot get commercial coverage until 2015 unless they have a special circumstance, such as losing a job that provided coverage or moving to the state.

The next open enrollment period will be Nov. 15 to Feb. 15, 2015. Coloradans can apply for Medicaid and Child Health Plan Plus at any point during the year.

There is an individual penalty for not having health insurance.

The penalty for not having health insurance this year is not as simple as many people think, and probably more than the $95 minimum under the federal health law. The Tax Policy Center has an ACA Tax Penalty Calculator that can show the penalty amount with just a few clicks. Click here for the calculator.

Connect for Health Colorado is a new health insurance marketplace and support network that allows individuals, families and small employers to compare and purchase health insurance and access new financial assistance to reduce costs.

The shopping website is available in English and in Spanish and bilingual support is available through certified health coverage guides, certified health insurance agents and customer service center representatives. The Customer Service Center is open 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays at 1-855-PLANS-4-YOU (855-752-6749).

The Customer Service Center will be open until the end of March, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information is available at www.ConnectforHealthCO.com.