Affordable Care Act deadline approaches, DOH encourages residents to sign up

The deadline for the Affordable Care Act is approaching, and the New York City Department of Health is encouraging residents to get information and sign

If you choose to get coverage before the deadline of March 31, coverage will begin on May 1.

If you choose to get coverage before the deadline of March 31, coverage will begin on May 1. (3/21/14)

THE BRONX - The deadline for the Affordable Care Act is approaching, and the New York City Department of Health is encouraging residents to get information and sign up for coverage.

Dr. Aletha Maybank says the organization has been posting flyers all around the city telling residents to sign up.

Young people can stay covered under their parents’ health insurance until age 26. For parents who are undocumented residents, their children can still qualify for insurance.

There's also a big focus on preventative measures, which eliminates copays.

If you don't sign up by the March 31 deadline, officials say you will face a fee. If you choose to get coverage before the deadline, it will begin on May 1.

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