California urging health sign-ups to minimize tax penalties

Jan 13, 2015 3:50 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The state exchange is ramping up advertising and marketing efforts in the final month of open enrollment for health insurance to minimize the number of Californians who will face tax penalties for remaining uninsured.

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said Tuesday that as many as 1 million Californians could face penalties on their 2014 taxes for going without insurance.

Those tax penalties will double for 2015 under the federal health law, so uninsured people will face an even bigger hit if they don't sign up soon.

For example, the penalty for a person who makes $40,000 will increase from $299 in 2014 to nearly $600 in 2015.

The exchange says the state is on track to meet targets for the second open enrollment period ending Feb. 15.

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