Scheduled maintenance affects health care enrollments Feb. 15-18

Consumers have until the end of March to take advantage of Open Enrollment, to apply and enroll in quality, affordable health coverage using www.HealthCare.gov and State-based Marketplaces around the country.

logoFrom Saturday, Feb. 15, at 1 p.m. Tucson time until Tuesday, Feb. 18, at 3 a.m., the Social Security Administration will conduct its regular systems maintenance over the three-day weekend. During this period, verification of Social Security Numbers and other related data via the Data Services Hub will be unavailable. All other services of the Hub will be functioning as normal.

If you have already completed your application and know what you qualify for: This doesn’t affect you — you can continue shopping and pick a plan to finish your enrollment.

If you want coverage effective March 1, 2014: You generally need to sign up by Feb. 15. But, because of the maintenance window, you won’t be able to find out what you qualify for if you apply after 1 p.m. that day. If you aren’t able to complete your enrollment online by Feb. 15, call (800) 318-2596 starting on Feb. 18 to request coverage beginning on March 1.

If you want coverage with a later effective date: You can complete your application during this time but won’t be able to find out what you qualify for during the maintenance period. When you complete your application, you’ll need to save it and return to HealthCare.gov on or after Feb. 18 to find out what you qualify for, pick a plan, and complete your enrollment.

Remember, you have until March 31 to sign up for new coverage during this year’s open enrollment period.

Tucson Medical Center is among the health organizations behind www.soazcares.org, which offers information on various ways to get connected with health insurance coverage.

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