- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Covered California, the Obamacare exchange in the nation’s most populous state, urged residents Wednesday to finish their health coverage applications before next week’s deadline so they do not have to pay a tax penalty.

Because this time, there will not be any leeway for procrastinators.

Like the federal exchange and many other state-run markets, California allowed customers “in line” when enrollment closed on March 31 to finish signing up for private health plans by mid-April.

“Now, we are closing in on the April 15 deadline, and we are working to be sure everyone who wants and needs insurance will complete the process in time,” Covered California Executive Director Peter V. Lee said. “However, we are not developing any policies at this time for any unforeseen technical trouble on April 15.”

Americans who can afford health insurance but do not acquire it will be penalized if they go without coverage for more than three months in 2014.

Enrollees who had to finish their applications through mid-April will not be penalized so long as they complete their enrollments and maintain their coverage.

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