- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 1, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - About 36,000 people have taken advantage of a second chance to sign up for coverage under the president’s health care law, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

That’s not a lot, considering that an estimated 4 million people are potentially eligible.

The special enrollment opportunity is being offered to uninsured people who didn’t realize they were legally required to have health insurance starting in 2014, and are getting hit with a tax penalty for not signing up.

By enrolling now, they can potentially avoid bigger fines for remaining uninsured in 2015.

Wednesday’s update from the Department of Health and Human Services covers the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov, through Mar. 29.

It’s not the final word. Consumers have until April 30 to take advantage of the special sign-up period.

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