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Deadline Extended for Affordable Care Act Insurance Signup

Updated: Tuesday, December 24 2013, 06:34 AM CST

One in four Texans doesn't have health insurance. Right now, just 19 hours remain on their last chance to get it form the Affordable Care Act marketplace before the new year after the deadline was extended to midnight Tuesday.

It's a number one ranking that no state wants: Texas leads the nation in the rate of uninsured residents. More than 6 million Texans, or about one out of every four, have no health care insurance. In Travis County alone, about 209,000 people are without health insurance, says Frank Rodriguez, Executive Director of Latino Health Care Forum. Rodriguez adds about half of that number would qualify for insurance.

"For us, our focus group is Latinos, and about half of the half, half of 50,000, are Latinos," said Rodriguez. "So we have the highest uninsured population in Travis County, The number one barrier to health access is a lack of insurance, so for us, all of the communities, it's important to have insurance."

About 14,000 Texans signed up for coverage during October and November after healthcare.gov's problem-filled launch on October 1.

Volunteers at Insure Central Texas, a nonprofit service helping Central Texans enroll, say they've been swamped as the deadline nears. Elizabeth Colvin, Director of Insure Central Texas, says if you absolutely can't sign up by the midnight deadline on Tuesday, it's not your last chance to sign up.

"You have until March 31st to enroll in insurance," said Colvin. "So you can certainly come after today and enroll, it just won't start January 1."

To sign up: https://www.healthcare.gov/

To find help signing up locally: https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/

Deadline Extended for Affordable Care Act Insurance Signup


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