Affordable Care Act: New Signup Deadline Approaches

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For a number of people in our area, it's another thing to add to that holiday to do list!

It surrounds signing up for healthcare if you don't receive it from your employer.

The deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act also known as "Obamacare" is approaching. It's December 15 unless individuals have special enrollment.

The December 15 deadline is much earlier this year compared to last year's January 31.

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey teamed up with professionals at Wilkes University on Thursday.

The crew explained the importance of signing up because of potential penalties. They also highlighted a free program the pharmacy department is offering this Saturday to help people navigate the healthcare signups.

Organizers say the event is geared toward people who primarily don’t have insurance or can't afford the insurance they presently have in place. If you don't have insurance, you could face a penalty of $695 per person per year or more depending on your income.


  • WHEN: Saturday, December 9
  • WHERE: Henry Student Center at Wilkes University (parking will be available behind the building)
  • ADDRESS: 84 West South Street, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18701


  • Estimated household income.
  • Social security numbers of people in the household.
  • Immigration documentation (if you are not a U.S. citizen).

If you can't make Saturday's event, contact the Advocacy Alliance at 877-315-6855.


  • trucker

    “penalty of $695 per person per year or more”
    $2,085 dollars is the max, very easy to research. So why leave that out?
    “or more” is somewhat deceptive IMHO given the context.

    • Dave

      How Old are you Trucker? You actually save money if you don’t have heath insurance.. Are you a gambler ..When you are a gambler you have to ANTI UP to be in the hand.. NO free ride..Either Play or drop out…

  • Dave

    Amazing to me that Trump supporters are blind to the Fact that they may get a small tax break for a few years ,but they will be spending it on Higher Health Care because of what the republicans did in their effort to erase everything Obama did out of shear Hate ..If you are over 50 you will soon find out and wait they are not done yet. SS and Medicaid is also hidden in the bill.. Nothing worse than a bunch of Old fools voting for hate and shooting themselves in the foot and taking the rest of us with them. Build a wall!!!! Yet Trump hired foreign workers for his hotels because of a loophole that allows him and now he wants to pass a bill that lets him control tips they may receive. How Stupid can you people be?

      • Dave

        What’s you’re argument Lloyd?. You have none..You can only spew out “You voted for Obama” Yes, I did ..What made you so angry about that? Lets hack this out or are you afraid someone with knowledge might make a fool out of you? You are nothing but a bigot with a big mouth who believes any lie someone on your side spews out.

    • Marvin

      Dave, just look at the video with this article. How much is the deductible? That is indicative of most of the “Affordable” Care Act insurance programs. The insurance companies are leaving the ACA like rats on a sinking ship.

      • Dave

        Wrong Marvin..More applied this year ,but because of what the republicans did you will be paying more next year and don’t have to have health insurance. So if you are young and healthy and over 26 you can gamble. Look at the age group and you will see the disconnect. The ones leaving are 27 to 35. If you are over 50 you can still get a break,but not for long thanks to the Republicans.. Guess what life goes by quick and you will finally realize we need single payer as we are not rich enough to afford total coverage with no deductible.

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