The North Star News
The deadline is Monday. More than 6 million have signed up
Individuals and families have until Monday to sign up for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, but the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation reported that six out of 10 of the uninsured are unaware of the March 31 deadline.
In blog posted on Wednesday, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services reported that it is seeing a surge in consumers visiting HealthCare.gov and calling the call centers.
“We’re working hard to ensure that our systems are can handle record-high consumer demand over the next few days,” said Julie Bataille, director of communications for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. “There were over 1.2 million visits to the website, HealthCare.gov, and more than 390,000 calls received at our call centers on Tuesday, which confirms that there is tremendous interest in signing up for coverage before the March 31 deadline.
President Barack Obama announced on Thursday that more than 6 million people have signed up for private health insurance plans through federal and state marketplaces since open enrollment began October 1.
A Kaiser Health Tracking Poll, however, reported that substantial shares of the uninsured remain unaware of the law’s individual mandate and the looming deadline to sign up for coverage.
A third of those who lack coverage as of mid-March are unaware that the law requires nearly all Americans to have health insurance or pay a fine, Kaiser Health Tracking found.
When open enrollment began for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported that there are an estimated 6.8 million uninsured African Americans, and 56%, or 3.8 million, are men.
Individuals who don’t sign up by Monday will not be able to get coverage until next year, reported the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.