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Medicare and Affordable Care Act enrollment deadlines are coming up soon! 2 Wants to Know's experts tell you what you need to know

The deadline to switch your Medicare plan is Dec. 7. If you want coverage under the Affordable Care Act by Jan. 1, your deadline is Dec. 15.

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Looking to be covered by healthcare plans in the Affordable Care Act Marketplace or looking to change your current Medicare plan? You only have a few days left to do so.

The deadline to switch up your Medicare plan is December 7. The Affordable Care Act Marketplace deadline is December 15 if you want your coverage to start on January 1.

2 Wants to Know Experts Patrick Burch with AARP, Laura Packard with Get America Covered and Steve Edmonds with Alliance Insurance Services answered viewer questions ahead of the deadlines.

Facts about signing up for coverage at HealthCare.gov from GetAmericaCovered.org:

Coverage could be cheaper than you think. In 2020 on HealthCare.gov, nine in ten people qualified for financial help to make their monthly premiums more affordable. 4.7 million uninsured people were eligible for a plan with a zero-dollar monthly premium.

Shop and save. If you had coverage through HealthCare.gov for 2021, you should update your information and compare your options for 2022. Every year, plans and prices change; you could save money by switching to a new plan that still meets your needs.

Accidents happen and people get sick. One trip to the ER could cost more than your monthly rent. Health insurance protects you from the unexpected.

Free help is available. If you have questions about signing up or want to talk through your options with a trained professional, free help is just a quick call away. Call 1-800-318-2596, visit localhelp.healthcare.gov or make a one-on-one appointment now.

Medicare enrollment

AARP has a Medicare Question & Answer Tool. The tool clarifies eligibility and enrollment requirements and provides answers to questions on Medicare’s plan options, coverage, and costs in an easy-to-understand manner.

As a resource, you can also try Medicare.gov

Enrollment for Medicare is time-sensitive. If you're eligible for Medicare when you turn 65, Medicare.gov said you have a 7-month Initial Enrollment Period to sign up for Part A and/or Part B. The period begins 3 months before the month you turn 65, it includes the month you turn 65 and ends three months after your birthday month.

If you miss that 7-month window, Scott Braddock of Scott Braddock Financial says you will suffer a 10% penalty every 12 months, and that penalty doesn't go away once you start. Braddock said you will pay a higher premium for the rest of your life.

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