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Kearney Insurance Agent Looks at the Obamacare Deadline

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Insurance agent Doug Brummels does not expect a boost in enrollment numbers from those signing up for so-called Obamacare.

"A lot of people felt like they had to have this in place before the first of the year, so they were complaint with the Affordable Care Act," explained Brummels.

The deadline to sign up for health coverage was this past Monday, but people still have a chance to get insurance.

"Since there is a 90-day window which they can sign up, they need to be signed up before April First," said Brummels.

Brummels added some of his clients are still having trouble with the enrollment website, healthcare.gov, but said if people don't pick up health coverage they might have to pay a fine of 1 percent of their income. The insurance agent said out of pocket cost for health insurance went up $3,000 per year.

"Were among two to three states that have the highest rate of increase once the Affordable Care Act rates were released," said Brummels.

Not everyone will have to pay the fine if they don't have health insurance, healthcare.gov lists multiple ways one can be exempt from paying the penalty.

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