Last Day to Enroll in Affordable Care Act

By: A-mila West Email
By: A-mila West Email

PANAMA CITY -- Today is the last day of the open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare.

A lot of people have already registered on-line to begin the process of receiving medical insurance coverage. Many others say they're just not interested.

Stacey McDonald has four children. She says the Affordable Care Act is not so affordable.

"A friend of mine has signed up for it and what they pay a month, they can go to the health department and pay that same amount and get the same care," McDonald said.

But she's in luck because at the Community Health Center, she can still see a doctor.

"If they don't have health insurance then we put them on a sliding fee scale. And it’s based on household income, so they would need to provide a month’ worth of paycheck stubs for the last year’s tax return and we would...Just say if the person, one person in the household makes $11,000 then the co-pay would be $25 to be seen,” said
Community Health Center receptionist Angela Hullum.

Others in the waiting area have a different opinion.

"The economy is bad and everybody looking for great deals and this is very affordable and, I think it’s a great thing," resident Ecclesiastes Edwards said.

As for McDonald, she's adamant about her decision.

"No way I’d rather pay the penalty,” she said.

If you've missed the deadline to sign up for the Affordable Care Act, the next open enrollment period begins October 1, 2014.

Healthcare.gov will shut down at midnight eastern time and 11 pm central time.


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