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Obamacare’s Last Week of Signups: What You Need To Know

March 31 is the date to circle on your health insurance calendar

We’re a few days away from the biggest Obamacare deadline yet.

President Barack Obama has been making a final push for health insurance enrollment because Monday, March 31 is the last day to buy individual health care plans under the Affordable Care Act. Most Americans must be enrolled in health coverage by next Monday or pay a penalty under the new law.

More than 5 million people have enrolled in private health insurance under the Affordable Care Act since open enrollment began on October 1, the Obama administration said last week. Millions of uninsured Americans were expected to receive coverage under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act through private marketplaces and an expansion of the Medicaid program for the poor. However, as the deadline to sign up for HealthCare.gov looms, many will remain uninsured, the Associated Press reports.

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