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Health exchange warns New Mexican of penalty for not having insurance


ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — Officials with the state's health insurance exchange say some New Mexicans have another chance to sign up for coverage if they paid the penalty for not having insurance when they filed their tax returns this year.

The special enrollment period runs through April 30.

It applies to those who didn't have insurance in 2014, aren't currently enrolled and were unaware of the penalty.

New Mexicans who don't qualify for an exemption and went without health coverage in 2014 have to pay a fee of $95 per adult — or 1 percent of their income, whichever is greater — when they file their taxes this year.

The fee increases to $325 per adult or 2 percent of income for 2015.

Officials say more than 52,000 New Mexicans selected a plan or were re-enrolled as of last month.

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