The Westside Family Health Center in Santa Monica is available to help people without insurance sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, more commonly known as Obamacare.

To avoid a penalty for not having health insurance in 2014, folks must enroll before Feb. 15. To have coverage kick in by Jan. 1, people must enroll in a plan by Dec. 23. All must have health insurance unless you are excluded from the law due to immigration status or a special exemption.

“With nine certified enrollment counselors, and more becoming certified soon, Westside Family Health Center is excited to be a part of this incredible, historic effort,” said Debra A. Farmer, the center’s president and CEO. “Our counselors can help you figure out which type of insurance coverage you qualify for and will explain the basics of health insurance and consumer rights and responsibilities under (the act). Our health center enrollment staff is not only highly trained, but they represent the community. We understand you, and treat you with respect.”

The center is a certified enrollment entity for Covered California health insurance plans. Free enrollment assistance to consumers shopping for health coverage using the online application at www.CoveredCa.com. To make an appointment for enrollment help or for more information, contact Ben Tolksdorf at btolksdorf@wfhcenter.com or call (310) 450-2191, ext. 206.