Reaction to Obamacare deadline extension
Updated: Monday, December 23 2013, 07:27 PM CST
Here locally, a non-profit group called Families Count, has helped more than 200 people sign up.
Often having to meet with clients several times, just to get complete the application.
The healthcare.gov website was flooded with customers trying to apply for insurance before the deadline. For many people, the reason they waited until the last minute was because of the problems the website had when it was first launched.
Raven Taylor hasn't had insurance in two years. She and her husband can't afford individual plans and their employers don't offer it.
It's been very difficult, we have to worry about are you going to get sick, is something going to happen
So why did she wait until the last day to sign up. Well she started the process back in October. But due to the website glitches-it wasn't exactly easy
It went through, then they lost the application, then they say it didn't exist, then they said it didn't exist, I'd have to redo my application, I'm in the process of doing that now
That's where Families Count comes in. They have what they call "Navigators" who serve a 10 county area and walk people through each step of the process.
They say they mostly see people like the Taylors who can't get insurance through their jobs. They also help self employed clients but the biggest group is all the folk s who have preexisting conditions.
The rush of people who had preexisting condition, I wasn't expecting that. People from Oct 1st due to health conditions
Those individuals who have not been able to get coverage because of health conditions, they were the first ones to come in.
And for Raven Taylor, even though it wasn't fun signing up, it has lifted a weight off her shoulders.
I think I'll actually be able to go see some of the doctors, I've put off just because I didn't have insurance
If you haven't signed up, there is still time, but you may have to wait until the following month for coverage. The open enrollment period ends March 31.
The budget plan calls for the pension cuts to take effect in late 2015.
The deal is now awaiting the president's signature.