People Who Attempt to Sign Up for Healthcare Can Avoid Fine

BARBOURSVILLE, W.Va. (WSAZ) – On deadline day, millions of people overloaded Healthcare.gov, knocking the website offline.

Dozens stopped into Valley Health's Huntington Mall location Monday to sign up before the cut-off point.

Certified Assister Karen Pruitt says as long as you make an effort to sign up before midnight, even if the website problems prevent you from enrolling, you can still get on board in a grace period extended to April 15 and avoid paying the fine.

Otherwise, you'll have to pay whichever's higher: $95 or 1 percent of your income on your 2014 federal income tax.

Barboursville resident Shawn Salyers says he won't be signing up.

"I've talked to a lot of people around my age, and feel it's almost been forced on us,” the 32-year-old said. “Not many of us at this age want to have this insurance, so a lot of us are just going to pay the fine."

You can avoid having to pay that fine so long as you make an attempt to sign up before midnight.

If you don't have a computer, you can make a phone call to Healthcare.gov at 1-800-318-2596.

Like the website, that number also was overrun Monday, but you can leave your name and number.


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