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Healthcare Marketplace Hasn't Closed Its Doors

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Augusta, GA -     Millions of people around the country met the deadline to apply for the Affordable Care Act. But, hundreds didn't make it in time and now rely on an extension to get coverage.  News Channel Six's Dee Griffin uncovers many who missed the deadline may still get coverage.

    When April Edwards wanted to try her hand at finding a less expensive alternative to her company's health insurance, she turned to the Affordable Health Care Act to quell her curiosity. But, she quickly found the hunt for an affordable option didn't yield success during her first try. "I hear the marketplace is more reasonable so I was inquiring about cheaper coverage and in my experience I've had a tough time getting thru," says Edwards.

    But hundreds of others across the area had better luck and coasted along the internet superhighway to get insurance. Local Navigator Terri Gant explains, "on Monday we counted over seventy people who came out see us at the Goodwill center site. Awesome. Of course, everybody didn't enroll but everybody did need some type of assistance."

     Terri Gant is a local navigator who works for Medical Associates Plus in Belle Terrace.  She helps people steer their way through efforts to gain insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Right now, she's helping area residents who were able to get on a waiting list as well as those who need to make changes. "If that person thinks the plan that they received is not a good plan or is not good for their budget or not affordable they can file an appeal if they think it's incorrect."

     While many people were not able to get into the marketplace before the deadline, Terri Gant says the door is not shut on their opportunity to get health insurance. "Well, we'll have to see. I've enrolled people that said they did that and we weren't able to access their information and we still got them enrolled. We're following the guidelines of the federal system but you just have to do the application and see where you stand." 

     Even though April Edwards didn't easily gain entrance into the marketplace, she says the money saved is worth the effort. "I'm a penny pincher. So if I can save money then that's my main priority," says Edwards.
    It's important to remember that enrollees will have to go through this again in November to get coverage for 2015.  For help making corrections and gaining access contact Terri Gant at Medical Associates Plus at 706-790-4440.

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