At least 6 million Americans are enrolled into the Affordable Care Act. Which is about one million shy of the seven million goal the white house initially set. People are pushing to get enrolled this weekend, but they say the mechanics of ACA enrollment is what's keeping people waiting until last second.
"Some people are going to take it hard,â?? said Heather Copeland.
Copeland now has insurance under the Affordable Care Act. For the hundreds in Genesee County who, like Copeland, are enrolling over the weekend the deadline is a dead issue. But she says there is reason people are procrastinating enrollment.
"Some people are going to pay a lot of money for this. For the people that canâ??t and there is a lot of us out there," said Copeland.
Waiting until last second is still an option. The government is allowing people to partially enroll before March 31st and complete the process later. To do that, they are signing into healthcare.gov or contacting a local health partner.
"We were planning on the 31st being the deadline so it means we're going to continue to help and get people signed up if they qualify," said Genesee Health Plan Vice President Jim Milanowski.
Genesee Health Plan is signing up people in groups. The looming deadline, plus the extra window of opportunity for partially enrolled Americans means more work for health plan organizations; who are already preparing for Medicaid expansion starting April 1st.
"It just keeps us very busy, which is good," said Milanowski.
The group is taking appointments and holding sign-up fairs for anyone needing to finish the enrollment process after Monday.
"I think everybody walked out of here much more relieved," said Copeland.
The next open enrollment period begins November 15. Places like the Genesee Health Plan say they are going to bridge the gap in medical coverage for customers still not enrolled until then.
For more information about getting partially enrolled click here.