Obamacare Enrollment Ends Dec. 15 at Midnight. Here’s How to Sign Up

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There’s a major deadline looming at midnight tonight — and no, we’re not talking about holiday shipping cutoffs.

Dec. 15 is your last chance to sign up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act, or “Obamacare,” as open enrollment will end at midnight.

That goes for most Americans.

You may qualify for a special enrollment extension if you were affected by hurricanes Harvey, Irma or Maria, according to a press release from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. But if that’s the case, you have to phone the marketplace call center at 1-800-318-2596 to request an extension.

But, come on, why wait?

If you want to join the 4.7 million people who have already selected a plan in 2018, you need to sign up as soon as possible.

Here’s How to Sign Up for Obamacare Right Now

Simply visit Healthcare.gov, and log into your account. If you don’t have one, you can create a new account pretty quickly. Then just start plugging away with your personal information.

You’ll need your social security number to get started.

And we may be in the digital age, but there are other ways to apply for Obamacare, too.

You can call 1-800-318-2596 to enroll over the phone. Or find a health care counselor near you to apply in person.

And, make sure to avoid any scams that may come along with open enrollment — especially if you’re an older American. Make sure only to sign up for the exchange at Healthcare.gov.

Alex Mahadevan is a data journalist at The Penny Hoarder.

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