Deadline today for health care signups

Today is the deadline for health care coverage signups under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Those who still don’t have health insurance have until midnight tonight to sign up under the national health care law. Penalties will go into effect after today.

According to the signup website, more than 6 million Americans already have signed up. Those who already have qualifying health insurance at work, or already have existing qualifying health insurance policies, or are covered under Medicare do not need to sign up.

People may visit for more information about open enrollment and signing up. Or sign up in Spanish at

According to sources, the federal signup website was very busy this morning and persons who waited until the last day were having trouble getting through.

Signups also may be done by telephone. Persons may call a toll-free number to sign up, 1-800-318-2596. Expect some waits on this, also.

There also is help available in person in different communities to sign up. One website with information is

The Kansas commissioner of insurance’s website lists one site in Kansas City, Kan., site helping people sign up for health care today:

Enroll Wyandotte, at the Unified Government Health Department, 619 Ann Ave., Kansas City, Kan., will have people available to help with signups from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, March 31.

For more information about Enroll Wyandotte, call 913-371-9298, Ext. 2.

Today’s weather: Red flag warning, windy, stormy, sunny and 76

Red flag warning from noon to 7 p.m. Monday, March 31. (National Weather Service graphic)

A red flag warning is in effect today from noon until 7 p.m.

A storm accompanied by lightning and rain that moved through around 6 a.m. Monday, March 31, will be  followed by windy and mostly sunny weather, with an afternoon high near 76.

Temperatures were 63 at 8 a.m.

There is a slight chance for another thunderstorm in the late afternoon.

Wind advisory in effect from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, March 31. (National Weather Service graphic)

A wind advisory is in effect from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m. Monday.

The red flag warning means that there is a very high fire danger today. Residents are asked to avoid outdoor burning.

A cold front will move through the area, with temperatures at 35 degrees Monday night.

Tuesday’s high will be 54 degrees, and Wednesday, 57.

On Wednesday, strong to severe thunderstorms are possible in the region. inch of rain possible.

The chance of rain and storms continues on Thursday.