Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms, Many Locals Registering Last Minute

Affordable Care Act Deadline Looms, Many Locals Registering Last Minute
By Alicia Neaves
NewsWest 9

At the last minute, West Texans are applying for affordable heath care. A month ago, the application numbers locally were in the hundreds. Local health care navigators think it was due to false rumors.

"A lot of people are thinking they're going to take away their drivers license or be fined thousands of dollars, every month. That's definitely not true," Simona Tyler, Navigator with Project Amistad, said.

Project Amistad is one local health care organization that has been flooded with applicants. In fact, they say enrollment numbers have skyrocketed 100% within these past few weeks.

"[We receive] An overwhelming amount of people, phone calls. Our phone, we hang it up and it rings again," Tyler said.

If you miss the March 31 deadline, you'll have to wait until open enrollment in November to try again. You'll also have to pay a fine. How much will depend on how many people are in the household. If you've started your application but experience glitches, you are eligible to have your deadline extended to April 15.

We asked our Facebook viewers to sound off about whether or not they have enrolled.

Angela says, "A lot of questions were asked in the process but overall wasn't too bad".

Kristie says, "My mom works full time but her company doesn't offer insurance. She makes too much money to qualify for Medicaid, so she signed up. She was able to get BlueCross BlueShield for $45 a month. It's going to cover doctor/hospital bills and her prescriptions. It's nice to see my mom finally be able to afford her healthcare."

Shawn says, "I won't ever sign up for it."

If you're interested in enrolling, and for more information on Project Amistad, just click here.