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Open Enrollment Deadline Near for Affordable Care Act

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The clock is ticking for people to sign up for the Affordable Care Act. Open enrollment ends March 31st. So we wanted to know if the problems we saw at the beginning of the roll out are still lingering.

Those early problems were frustrating for those trying to sign up for health insurance, many of them giving up, but there is one group of people who just aren't signing up enough.

"It's really easy and you'll save a lot of money and you'll be insured," said Stephen Hale who signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The freelance writer signed up on the healthcare.gov website back in November, but still had questions. So he went to a 40 foot Blue Cross, Blue Shield RV giving curbside service at Doctors Care near the Aiken mall.

Adam Myrick with Blue Cross, Blue Shield said, "they are showing up, they are checking in with our staff here and we're advising them, maybe 20 minutes and they are going back and waiting in their car and we're bringing them back into the RV."

New numbers show enrollments for the new healthcare plan have now hit the four million mark, but the pace would still put the White House short of its revised goal of six million by the end of March, that's the deadline to sign up for coverage this year.

The numbers show a low number of younger people signing up, only about 27 percent of enrollees.

"Things are much smoother now and we are seeing a lot of people who, early on in the enrollment process, when the website was so troublesome, when it was so problematic, they are coming back," said Myrick.

"Just go down to where your county government supplies its services and let them explain it to you. It's really easy," said Hale.

There are plans to bring the mobile unit back to Aiken before the March 31st enrollment deadline. No word on that date at this time.

 

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