The New York Times, March 31, 2014
America's health insurance marketplace closes on Monday night, the deadline for most people to obtain coverage or face a penalty. The confusion and uncertainty of the last six months appear likely to continue as consumers, including some who have never had insurance, begin using new policies for the first time. Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. Q. What happens if a consumer does not sign up for insurance by the Monday deadline? A. The consumer may be subject to financial penalties, to be paid with federal income taxes next year.