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Sebelius spearheads final push for 'Obamacare' enrollment in So. Fla.

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius

MIAMI (WSVN) -- A top health care official came to South Florida to ensure local residents sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act before the March 31 enrollment deadline.

Speaking at Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church in Miami Saturday, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius encouraged uninsured South Floridians to enroll. "Very simple message: It's easy to sign up between now and Monday at midnight," she said. "Healthcare.gov. or CuidadodeSalud.gov, the English and Spanish-language version of the website, is working very smoothly. In fact, yesterday alone we had one and a half million visitors to the website."

Sebelius emphasized that there is a little leeway with the deadline. If applicants begin the enrollment process before March 31, they have until April 15 to ask for an extension. "The last thing we want to do is have a midnight deadline that leaves a lot of people halfway through the process," she said.

According to White House officials, close to 6 million Americans have enrolled, about 440,000 of them in Florida.

Spilling over the March 31 deadline and offering up extensions is not sitting too well with Republican Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, who criticized the health care law in a taped speech. "The law is such a disaster that virtually every single week the White House is suspending one portion of it or another," said Rubio. "In fact, they have suspended some of its most damaging portions until, coincidentally, the next election passes."

Another Enroll America event took place Saturday at Miami Dade College's Wolfson Campus in Downtown Miami. Navigators, the designated term for employees helping applicants through the enrollment process, showed people how to use the website for the Affordable Care Act.

For more information, log on to www.healthcare.gov or www.cuidadodesalud.gov.

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