Good news! If you missed the 12/15 deadline to sign up for medical coverage to begin on 1/1/17 then you are in luck. Healthcare.gov announced that they have extended the deadline to sign up until 12/19/16 11:59 PM PST.
Why is this good news? Well, there are penalties for not having medical coverage.
Depending on your income you may also qualify for a credit which means part of your monthly premium gets paid for you. You must report life changes online during the year as they occur.
See our other blogs for details on the penalties.
Be ready though for some HUGE wait times if you have to call them. I’d suggest doing as much as you can, hopefully, all of it, online.