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'Enroll-A-Thon' For Health Insurance Marketplace Starting Thursday Morning

Updated: Thursday, March 27 2014, 04:30 PM CDT

On Thursday, there are just four days left to sign up for the health insurance marketplace. But to help Texans meet the March 31 deadline, lawmakers and community leaders are kicking off an 11th hour drive to get as many people as possible to sign up during a 36 hour period.

It's called the Enroll-A-Thon. Sendero Health Plans and Latino HealthCare Forum will hold it at their offices on 6601 Felix Ave. in Southeast Austin from 7 a.m. Thursday to 7 p.m. Friday. A recent AP survey shows millions nationwide either feel they can't afford insurance or refuse to be forced into it.

More than 6 million Texans are uninsured. Only around 300,000 Texans signed up in the marketplace as of March 1. Not signing up means facing a penalty of either 1 percent of your income or $95 per uninsured adult, whichever is greater.

If you miss the deadline, you'll have to wait until November to sign up for 2015. There are exceptions for major life-changing events like losing a job, having a baby, or a change in marital status.

'Enroll-A-Thon' For Health Insurance Marketplace Starting Thursday Morning

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