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UPDATE: Obamacare 101: Two Important Marketplace Dates To Remember


Okay, I know. Remembering birthdays, bill payments, and where you left your keys is hard enough. But there are a few dates you should keep in mind now that the Health Insurance Marketplace is up and running (sort of) in Texas. Here’s a breakdown, courtesy of the Texas Medical Association’s “Hey Doc” educational campaign.

Dec. 23. The last day you can sign up for health insurance onthe federally-run Marketplace if you want it to take effect on Jan. 1 of 2014.

March 31. The final day you can sign up for health insurance on the Marketplace until the open enrollment period starts up again for 2015. This is also the date by which you need to have health insurance. If not, you will probably have to pay a penalty. The penalty is $95, or 1 percent of your family income.

Watch the video below to learn what each of these dates mean.

Lauren Silverman was the Health, Science & Technology reporter/blogger at KERA News. She was also the primary backup host for KERA’s Think and the statewide newsmagazine  Texas Standard. In 2016, Lauren was recognized as Texas Health Journalist of the Year by the Texas Medical Association. She was part of the Peabody Award-winning team that covered Ebola for NPR in 2014. She also hosted "Surviving Ebola," a special that won Best Long Documentary honors from the Public Radio News Directors Inc. (PRNDI). And she's won a number of regional awards, including an honorable mention for Edward R. Murrow award (for her project “The Broken Hip”), as well as the Texas Veterans Commission’s Excellence in Media Awards in the radio category.