Obamacare deadline prompts locals to sign up for insurance

News Center 23

POSTED: Monday, December 23, 2013 - 5:00pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 24, 2013 - 9:05am

"Today we have three times the people we usually have every day," said Brownsville Community Health Center outreach representative Noe Flores.

That's because it was supposed to be the last day to apply for Obamacare or another form of insurance that will cover you by January 1st, which is why local residents have been flooding into the Brownsville Community Health Center to sign up.

But because www.healthcare.gov has had its fair share of problems lately, the Brownsville Community Health Center has been doing paper applications.

"A lot of people are here at the clinic to apply, a lot of people are making calls, trying to get on the website but they haven't had any success," said Flores. "Here at the clinic, we're making paper applications to send them through mail but like I said those take anywhere from four to six weeks and more than likely they will not have coverage beginning January 1st if they mail it in."

And on the phone, they don't seem to be of much help either.

"they're putting you on hold for around twenty minutes, and not only that, but they'll just tell you to call back whenever you have a chance."

So far, about 900 Brownsville residents have signed up at the Brownsville Community Health Center, an despite the various setbacks, Flores believes there will be an increasing trend in the amount of people with insurance.

"since people are more than likely gonna see that this is serious and it'll be hard to get into the marketplace once they're putting deadlines, I'm thinking that from now until March 31st the amount of people are gonna increase."

Reporting in Brownsville, Marty Watson, KVEO News Center 23.

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