Uninsured having issues signing up for health care


by TINA SHIVELY / KVUE News and Photojournalist KENNETH NULL

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Posted on October 1, 2013 at 12:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 1 at 1:39 PM

AUSTIN -- Despite the government shutdown, enrollment for the program known as "Obamacare" is underway.

Texas leads the way in the number of uninsured residents, so area health care advocates are urging Texans to take action. However the system depends on the website Healthcare.gov, which has had a few issues within its first hours of being online.

Earlier Tuesday people trying to log on received an error message from the site asking for patience while they dealt with heavy Internet traffic.

Senator Kirk Watson of Austin says the glitches are no reason to be negative, adding "As this gets rolled out, as the bugs get rolled out, as people figure out what their new needs are, it's going to be a major positive event, particularly in Texas where we have such a high percentage of uninsured people."

If you are one of the uninsured living in Austin, you do have some options. You can go to this website or you can choose to get more information by dialing 211.

The United Way has certified application counselors on hand to help you choose a plan that will work for your family. The deadline to apply for the Affordable Care Act is March 31, 2014.

Go here for more information about the Affordable Care Act.




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