DAYTON, Ohio (WDTN) – If you don’t have health insurance, you have until the end of this month to sign up for the Affordable Care Act.
After March 31, you will have to pay one percent of your salary or $95.00 a year, whichever is greater, as a penalty if you do not have insurance.
Nationally, the percentage of people who do not have health insurance has dropped dramatically.
Locally, Dayton’s mayor encourages residents to help that number continue to drop.
Mayor Nan Whaley is encouraging Gem City residents to follow suit and meet the deadline.
The mayor’s attempt to encourage Daytonians was boosted by a region director of Health and Human Services as well as the local health department.
“If you can talk to one person, especially young people for whom are uninsured, who think they don’t need insurance, like any other of us, you can slip on ice, get cancer,” said Kathleen Falk, United State Health and Human Services.
In a statement released Tuesday, House Speaker John Boehner said:
“From the thousands of comments, calls and e-mails I continue to receive from the people of my district sharing horror stories about their experiences with the president’s health care law, I can tell you with confidence that the law is not gaining acceptance in our region, or even coming close to gaining acceptance. Whether it’s less access and fewer benefits for seniors, higher premiums for 11 million small business workers, or widespread security risks for exchange users, hardworking families can’t catch a break under the president’s health care law.”
Visit the Affordable Health Care web site to sign up.