Cheyenne, WY (KGWN) - Cheyenne and Laramie County residents are trying to beat the clock and get insured before Monday night’s deadline.
"Last week, each of our two application counselors each saw probably 10 or 12 people a day. Many of them had appointments. A lot of them were walk-ins so the business is really ramped up in the last week or two," said Elizabeth Hoy, CEO of Cheyenne Health & Wellness.
The deadline to begin enrolling in health insurance under the Affordable Care Act is midnight eastern time or 10 p.m. mountain time.
"If you have tried to enroll and you haven't been able to complete your application you can still continue to enroll up and through the 15th of April."
There are only a few exceptions to missing the deadline to begin the process of enrolling.
"They will not be able to enroll again until the coming fall unless they are a Native American and Native Americans can enroll all year long or if you have a life change event," Hoy said.
The penalty for not having insurance when you file next year's taxes could be steep, especially if you have a high paying job.
"It's $95 or one percent of your taxable income. So for somebody who's a higher income person and does not health insurance, that penalty can be pretty substantial," said Hoy.
Cheyenne Health & Wellness will continue to have application counselors available year round for those needing help enrolling in health insurance.