Affordable Care Act deadline extended -- if you've started to sign up

News-DemocratMarch 31, 2014 

AP GRAPHIC

Monday was the final day to sign up for the Affordable Healthcare Act. But as long as you started the process, you have an extended window to sign up for the new health care.

For those who encountered problems with the website or were not able to complete the sign-up during the Marketplace Open Enrollment Period, you will have until April 15 to finish the enrollment process.

"As long as they have tried to go on -- if they have a user name and password created -- we will still be able to assist them," said Kara Hughes at the Madison County Health Department.

The St. Clair County Health Department will take appointments for the next two weeks for those who have started the online application process by the March 31 deadline but were not able to complete it, according to Marilyn Vise, spokeswoman for the St. Clair County Health Department.

At the end of February, the most recent statistics available, Illinois had more than 113,000 people signed up for coverage on the health insurance marketplace. County numbers were not available.

Get Covered Illinois was on pace to meet the state-level enrollment estimate of 143,000 for the Marketplace established last September by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (from national Congressional Budget Office estimates). Officials have said the final totals will not be available until mid-April.

In Madison County, the appointments were all booked up Monday as residents attempted to meet the last-minute deadline; the health department did not accept walk-in appointments, Hughes said. For assistance in Madison County, call 618-296-6098.

The St. Clair County Health Department is located at 19 Public Square, Suite 150 in Belleville. For assistance, call 618-825-4430; walk-ins also are welcome.

For more information about the Health Insurance Marketplace, call 866-311-1119 or visit www.GetCoveredIllinois.gov.

Contact reporter Maria Hasenstab at mhasenstab@bnd.com or 618-239-2460.

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