Computer issues complicate local Obamacare enrollment
MIAMI (WSVN) -- Despite the government shutdown, the health insurance market is now open thanks to the Affordable Care Act, and a local community center is helping those wishing to enroll.
Enrollment for insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act, also known as Obamacare, is now open, but because so many people nationwide are attempting to enroll, the website has been moving slowly. "There have been some computer issues that have been a little slow. Everyone is trying to access it all over the country," said Jason Conner with the Borinquen Medical Center. "It's been a little bit of a struggle, but they have plenty of time to finish the enrollment process."
Some people who came out to the Jessie Trice Community Health Center in Miami will have to come back later in the week. "I'm currently under the doctors at Jackson's, and I currently have to pay all these high co-payments because I cannot get any health insurance, so my older brother in Texas told me to get out and come out today," said Rosalind Clark. "The computers are down, so they are rescheduling. Cause the computers are down everywhere, I'll come back and sign up Friday."
When the site is up and running without any glitches, people will be able to set up an account and password by entering all contact information, accurate income, birth dates and social security numbers for themselves and any other family members. The good news is that you don't have to do it all in one sitting, you can save your work and come back later.
Annie Neasman, with the Jessie Trice Community Health Center, said, "If you do that by December 15, then you're eligible for insurance benefits by January 1, 2014. You do have until March 31, 2014 before the open-enrollment period ends."
How much you will have to pay is determined by several variables, however. Those who opt to go without insurance will have to pay a penalty. "If you have to do it, anything it costs, you have to do it," said Addy Pheleppe, who plans to enroll in Obamacare.
Staff at the Jessie Trice Community Health Center said the entire process should take about 35 minutes. You can enroll at www.healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.
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