This is the right time to sign up for Obamacare if you don’t have health insurance. The Obama administration is making a big push to convince you take advantage of the open enrollment period. True, you have until March 31st.
But why wait?
So far 4.2 million have enrolled in a health care plan through the Affordable Care Act.
And President Obama’s interview with Zach Galifinakis on Between Two Ferns brought 890,000 visits to Healthcare.gov a boost of 40 percent from the day before, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.
But the administration is still waiting for those of you haven’t taken the plunge.
HHS offers stories daily about people who enrolled in health insurance and are happy about it. This is the latest:
“As a 29-year-old single mom, my life revolves around my wonderful young daughter. I work hard as a temp clerk at a New Orleans mammography clinic to provide her a good life. I stay on top of my bills and I pay taxes. I’m a responsible mom.
But I haven’t had health insurance for the past three years.
My 7-year-old daughter is covered by the Louisiana Children’s Health Insurance Program, but insurance for myself was too expensive. It was scary to live without knowing what would happen if I got really sick or if I had a serious accident. I put off check-ups and I calculated how bad it would have to get before I sought medical help. With every sniffle or cough, I wondered if this was going to turn into the hospital visit that bankrupted us.
My uninsured days finally ended when a colleague at the clinic told me about the Health Insurance Marketplace. I went on HealthCare.gov and learned that I qualified for a lower premium. I was able to enroll in a Silver health plan and a dental plan for a total of less than $18 a month. Yes, less than $18!
My coverage began February 1 and I’ve already been to the doctor for a consultation.
The Affordable Care Act has brought me security to know I can get medical attention when I need to, without saving up money or worrying about how the cost will hurt my family.
I want everybody – moms, dads, college students, and anybody looking for affordable health care – to know that they have a chance to find quality coverage in their price range. In fact, 6 out of 10 uninsured Americans could get coverage $100 or less a month.”
You can enroll online at HealthCare.gov; over the phone at the 24/7 call center at 1-800-318-2596; or directly through an issuer, agent, or broker. You can also find in-person assistance in your community at localhelp.healthcare.gov.