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  • Hoosier_Jedi
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Obamacare Question
« on: January 22, 2014, 11:24:28 am »
I'm going home in March and was wondering if there was a grace period for people who've just arrived back in the country. IIRC the new deadline is March 31st. I'll have the money, but it's hardly going to be my top priority.


  • acousticr
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Re: Obamacare Question
« Reply #1 on: January 22, 2014, 01:24:36 pm »
I don't know. I'm likely heading back in May and assumed I'd need to be signed up by the March deadline. I think there's a penalty/fee if you're not. Let me know if you find something out; it'd be nice not to worry about it until I'm actually Stateside. I'll let you know if I find anything.

Have you tried asking through the Healthcare.gov site?

Talking to an agent via their Live Chat now. She says:

[2:23:03 pm]: Jessica
After open enrollment ends, you may qualify for special enrollment periods if you experience certain qualifying life events.
[2:24:12 pm]: Jessica
You would qualify for a special enrollment where you would be moving back to in May.
[2:26:17 pm]: Jessica
If you are a U.S. citizen living in a foreign country, you are not required to get health coverage under the Affordable Care Act. If you're uninsured and living abroad, you don't have to pay the fee that other uninsured U.S. citizens may have to pay. Generally, health coverage in the Marketplace covers health care provided by doctors, hospitals, and medical services within the United States. If you're living abroad, it's important to know this before you consider buying a Marketplace plan.
« Last Edit: January 22, 2014, 01:30:25 pm by acousticr »
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  • Hoosier_Jedi
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Re: Obamacare Question
« Reply #2 on: January 22, 2014, 01:56:51 pm »
I'll look into a live chat with an agent. Didn't even know they did that. Thanks a lot.  :smiley:


  • GoCyclones
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Re: Obamacare Question
« Reply #3 on: April 03, 2014, 07:57:50 pm »
Late fee for the first year is like $90.  It goes up a lot in the following years... like $350 after 2 or 3 years.


  • JTP07
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Re: Obamacare Question
« Reply #4 on: April 04, 2014, 02:30:47 am »
I wouldn't worry about it, deadlines will keep getting extended here, even though everytime they claim "this" will be the last extension. No one in the government really knows whats going on with it, its a huge mess. I'm sure since you've been abroad there will be a way to avoid the tax(fine).


  • Chicagohotdog
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Re: Obamacare Question
« Reply #5 on: April 04, 2014, 07:07:38 am »
I think I remember there being something about a grace period (like 2-3 months) after a major life event - like changing jobs or moving.
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