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Local Health Care Providers see plenty of health insurance applicants before deadline

If you're uninsured you have only until midnight tonight to at least begin the process of enrolling in the new federal healthcare plan. Enrollment was a challenge today for many four-staters seeking help because of another glitch in the website.

Elizabeth fore came to access family healthcare for two things...a doctor's appointment, and an appointment with an application counselor for health insurance enrollment.

"Obviously everyone's trying to get in for the marketplace, So i'm just trying to get insurance while I'm here" Fore says.

The March 31st deadline for open enrollment on healthcare.gov has many counselors, like Karyn Steele, busy.

"They come in, and I tell them basically where they're going to fall, if they're going to get any tax credits, or any out of pocket expenses paid, or if they'll be exempt. Or if they could possibly qualify for medicaid. And we go through that process so that they understand exactly where they're going to fall in the system." Steele says.

Federal law is now requiring most Americans to have coverage or pay a tax penalty.

"I was able to get an exemption. I guess due to not being able to meet what's called the poverty line. So I don't make enough money. So I'm not going to have to pay the penalty." Fore explains.

According to new statistics more than 6 million Americans have already signed up in the open enrollment marketplace. But the Obama administration was hoping for 7 million.  But with today's applications, that number could very well be reached.

Access Family Care in Joplin has seen non stop appointments since roughly March 8th.  
Although the website failed twice Monday, those who try to apply still have options.

"If we can't get in they actually have a new feature through the marketplace where you can leave your name and a callback time that you want them to call back so that way there's documentation that they called and tried to get enrolled for the deadline." Steele explains of the process.

Fore was unable to finish her application due to the glitches with the healthcare website, but she says:
"It probably would have better to do that sooner, but I guess that's what happens."

She is on the wait-list and will be receiving her call in the next couple days.

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