Central Texans take advantage of healthcare extension

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by SHELTON GREEN / KVUE News and Photojournalist MATT OLSEN

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

Updated Tuesday, Dec 24 at 8:28 AM

AUSTIN – There was a collective sigh of relief Monday at a Highland Mall storefront designed to help Central Texans sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Healthcare Act.

Foundation Communities, a local non-profit, was busy Monday evening with many folks hoping to get health insurance before the midnight deadline. However, the White House announced later on Monday that the extension for filing would be moved to Tuesday, Dec. 24.

“This morning, I was at home in front of the TV, looking at news, and they said there was a deadline. I wasn't aware of the deadline, so that's why I'm here today,” said Albert Lopez, who successfully signed up for health insurance Monday.

The White House is hoping for a total of seven million people to sign up for health insurance. As of Monday evening, there were close to one million.

Although the deadline to get a completed application in was pushed back to Tuesday, applicants have to at least start on their paperwork before midnight Monday to qualify for health insurance beginning Jan. 1.

Americans without health insurance who missed this deadline have until the end of March 2014 before the federal government can start penalizing for the lack of coverage.

For more information, go here, or call (800) 318-2596.

 

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