Administration officials said they were considering a “special enrollment period” for people who were subject to tax penalties because they went without health coverage in 2014, and who also missed the Sunday deadline to obtain coverage for 2015.
Many of them may not even realize that they owe the money until they file their federal income tax returns. Treasury officials said up to six million taxpayers might have to pay such penalties. Tax returns are due on April 15, two months after the deadline for people to sign up for health insurance.
Senator Tammy Baldwin, Democrat of Wisconsin, and 10 other senators said the Obama administration should provide extra time so that uninsured people who pay the penalty for 2014 could enroll in health plans after the Sunday deadline, thus avoiding the higher penalties for 2015.