Last day to sign up for coverage through Affordable Care Act

FILE - In this Oct. 6, 2015 file photo, the website, where people can buy health insurance, is displayed on a laptop screen in Washington. A new report is confirming that fewer people than expected are taking advantage of subsidies to purchase health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The Congressional Budget Office study, based on updated enrollment figures up through last month, says that 11 million people are likely to purchase subsidized policies under the health care law, down about 4 million from estimates issued early last year. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Thursday is the deadline to sign up for the coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

If you sign up or continue coverage under Obamacare, your next year of coverage will start on Jan. 1, 2017.

If you miss Thursday’s deadline, you can still enroll through Jan. 30, but you won’t begin until Feb. 1.

The White House is encouraging people to sign up by Thursday so they don’t have a gap in coverage.

The Department of Health and Human Services said just over 4 million people have selected policies for 2017 through, as of Dec. 10.

 CNN contributed to this report.