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DHSS says some Delawareans have through end of April to enroll in health insurance

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Delawareans who missed the deadline to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act Marketplace may still have a chance to avoid a penalty.

The state Department of Health and Social Services says residents who missed the February deadline to avoid a penalty have from March 15 to April 30 to sign up for health coverage. The extension is only available to Delawareans who did not have insurance in 2014, owe a penalty and only became aware of or understood the penalty after the initial February 15 deadline.

DHSS says individuals who take advantage of the extension still may have to pay a fine for the months they were uninsured.

The penalty for not having health insurance under the ACA jumped this year from $95 to $325 per adult, or 2 percent of household income, whichever is greater.

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