Tampa, FL - The deadline to sign up for affordable healthcare is quickly approaching.
If you don't have health insurance and you do not enroll by March 31,you could face a tax penalty.
Several events around Tampa Bay have been helping people get signed up. Joe Pugh cut it close and was able to get enrolled a day before the deadline.
"It's a good feeling to have insurance and know that you're covered, in case something happened," said Pugh. He explained that like so many others, he also had trouble with the website.
Melanie Hall and her team at the Family Health Foundation stepped in to help Pugh get signed up and she urges you to do the same before it's too late.
"You could potentially go without healthcare for the bulk of 2014, so we would certainly want to encourage people for that reason there are some financial penalties as well," said Hall.
For Pugh, those financial penalties could be $95 or one percent of his income minus his filing threshold, whichever amount is more.
For example, let's say you're single and making $50,000 a year. You would subtract your filing threshold of $10,000. One percent of that is $400. Since that amount is greater than the $95 flat fee, that's how much you'd have to pay.
Now that Pugh's signed up, he won't have to worry about the penalty.
"I'm very relieved, it's something that I don't have to worry about now," expressed Pugh.
There are several events going on to help people sign up for healthcare on the deadline March 31:
The Hunt Center at Al Lopez Park will hold an enrollment event from 9am - 9pm.
The Springhill Recreation Center is helping people enroll from 4pm - 7pm.
Please bring your social security number, birthdate, pay stubs, W-2's, policy numbers of current health plan. No appointment needed.
Residents call also visit healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 to enroll.