Here is what you need to know about Monday's deadline to sign up

Here is what you need to know about Monday's deadline to sign up for health insurance

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Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama's health care law. So far, about 4 out of every 5 people enrolling have qualified for tax credits to reduce the cost of their premiums.

Here's what you need to know:

- The deadline is at midnight EDT for the states where the federal government is running the sign-up website; states running their own exchanges set their own deadlines.

- You can sign up online by going to HealthCare.gov or your state insurance exchange. If you don't know what your state marketplace is called, HealthCare.gov will direct you.

-You can call 1-800-318-2596 to sign up by phone or get help from an enrollment specialist.

-Check online for sign-up centers that may be open locally, offering in-person assistance.

-If you started an application by Monday but didn't finish, perhaps because of errors, missing information or website glitches, you can take advantage of a grace period. The government says it will accept paper applications until April 7 and take as much time as necessary to handle unfinished cases on HealthCare.gov.

-Be prepared for the possibility of long wait times.

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Health Signup Centers Open Monday:

~7-11 AT 2501 Benning Rd., NE
Open From 7am To 10am

~East River Family Strengthening Collaborative
3917 Minnesota Ave., NE open from 9:30AM TO 4:00PM

~Deanwood Library AT 1350 49 Street, NE
Open from 10:30AM TO 4:30PM

~MLK Library AT 901 G Street, NW
Open 10:30AM TO 8:00PM


Online:

DC Health Exchange Info:
https://www.dchealthlink.com/
OR Call - (855) 532-5465

Maryland Health Exchange Info:
http://marylandhbe.com/
HOTLINE: 1-800-396-1961

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