CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Ahead of the end of the year deadline for coverage in 2016, 189,552 people in South Carolina have enrolled in Marketplace coverage.
As part of the Affordable Care Act, if you can afford health insurance you must be enrolled in a healthcare program.
Those who choose not to could be subject to paying a fee of $695 or more.
Government officials for say high consumer demand and the automatic renewal process were factors that led to an increase in people joining the marketplace.
Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell says, "Millions of Americans will start 2016 with the quality and affordable health coverage they want and need to keep their families healthy and financially secure."
We are focused on making sure South Carolina families looking for coverage understand their options through the Marketplace, know about the financial assistance available, and have access to the support they need to enroll."
Open Enrollment for 2016 health coverage at HealthCare.gov began Nov. 1, 2015 and individuals can still enroll in coverage through Jan.
Consumers should visit HealthCare.gov orCuidadodeSalud.gov to review their coverage options, learn about what financial assistance is available, or to sign up or re-enroll in a plan that best meets their needs.