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Deadline nears for coverage under Affordable Care Act

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Former state Rep. Anton Gunn led a workshop Monday night on the Affordable Care Act. Former state Rep. Anton Gunn led a workshop Monday night on the Affordable Care Act.
COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

At a forum Monday night in Columbia, formerSouth Carolina state Rep. Anton Gunn encouraged people to sign up forthe Affordable Care Act as the March 31 deadline nears. 

Gunn played a role in the implementation ofthe Affordable Care Act as the former head of the Office of ExternalAffairs at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

He says South Carolina still has a lot ofwork to do getting people signed up.

"There are about 56,000people that have signed up, but there are about 750,000 people who areuninsured in South Carolina," said Gunn.

According to Gunn, the penalty would be $95or 1 percent of your income, whichever is greater.

He acknowledges there are people who cannotafford the coverage, and says they won't be in trouble.

"If you don't make enoughmoney to file taxes, or if you don't make enough money because it's a hardshipto buy health insurance, you won't have to pay the penalty," explainedGunn.

If youdon't have some form of health coverage by March 31, you cannot sign up again untilNov. 15. There are, however, some circumstances thatwill allow you to sign up during the off months.

If you lose a job and you lose your health insurance, you can signup. If you get married and need to add a spouse, you can do that. If you have ababy, you can sign your child up for coverage.

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