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HealthCare Checkup

The Seattle Times health-care team tracks the local impact of the Affordable Care Act.

March 14, 2014 at 9:13 PM

Urban League co-hosts Seattle health-insurance signup Saturday

The Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle is urging people to sign up for health insurance, with an event Saturday at the Miller Community Center.

The organization, one of the leading groups in the African-American community, is trying to boost insurance coverage among African Americans in King County, who are more than twice as likely to be uninsured as whites, according to Public Health-Seattle & King County.

The event, which allows people to sign up or just learn more about the plans on the state’s online marketplace, Washington Healthplanfinder, will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the community center, 330 19th Ave. E. in Seattle.

Another signup is being held Saturday in Des Moines, on the Highline Community College campus, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

If you go, you will need to know your Social Security number and annual income before taxes and deductions (to determine if you qualify for a subsidy). Legal immigrants will need to supply a passport, alien, or other immigration numbers.

Under the Affordable Care Act, March 31 is the deadline for getting coverage and avoid penalties for being uninsured (you don’t have to buy insurance through the exchange to avoid a penalty — you just need to be insured).

March 31 is also the last chance this year to get coverage as an individual (though there are exceptions that will allow you to get individual coverage later in the year, such as getting a divorce or losing a job that had benefits).

Bilingual help at the Miller Center, in Somali, Cantonese, Mandarin, Cambodian and Lao.

 

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