Time is running out to enroll at HealthCare.gov
Mon, 23 Dec 2013 23:02:00 GMT —
The deadline to sign up for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is this week.
If you don't sign up for a policy before midnight on December 24 you won't have healthcare coverage come January 1.
Any policies registered after midnight will not go into affect until February of 2014.
The deadline has people rushing to pick a coverage plan at the last minute and the Adams County Health Department is taking phone calls and appointments to help people through the online process at HealthCare.gov.
The Adams County Health Department has been helping people over the last few weeks to go through the healthcare website to select a plan.
So far the department estimates they have helped more than 400 people with the sign up process.
Betty Coonrod, an In Person Counselor Coordinator for the department, says people have been scrambling to sign up for a plan.
"A lot of the people that we're seeing today have already started the process either at home or with us previously and they're just making their final decision on which help plan they want to choose," Coonrod said.
Coonrod says that even if people will miss the deadline, the department will be available to make sure they can get a plan for February.
"We have several appointments over the next couple of weeks already made and people can still call us after this deadline," Coonrod said.
In Adams County, there are 40 different plans to choose from which range from the amount of money you want to pay monthly to the type of coverage you need.
"There are several different insurance plans, several different insurance companies offering plans and the individual is shopping for their coverage, so depending on how much they want to pay each month," Coonrod explained.
More than 1,600 people called the Get Covered Illinois Help Desk over the weekend. That's more than double the call volume from the previous weekend.
Monday had initially been the deadline to sign up for consumers who wanted coverage upon the start of the new year. But the Obama administration extended that deadline to December 24.