You already got two extra chances — but you won't be getting a third.
People who don't have health coverage by the end of January will not get a second chance to sign up and avoid being fined, the Obama administration announced Monday.
In the two previous Obamacare enrollment periods, people who didn't know about the penalty until they filed their income taxes were granted a grace period that let them sign up late. This time around, they have to hit the official open enrollment deadline or face the penalty.
The elimination of the special enrollment period comes after relatively anemic uptake of the offer last tax season. Less than 144,000 people in the states served by the federal marketplace HealthCare.gov took advantage of the offer at that time. The website serves more than three-fifths of the U.S.