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Deadline could see deluge of enrollees

Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:39 PM
Last updated Monday, March 31, 2014 12:02 AM
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Today’s deadline to apply for coverage under the Affordable Care Act could see a flood of last-minute enrollees, Augusta area navigators said.

The effort got a little easier when it was announced last week that those in the process of applying for coverage on Monday’s deadline would be allowed to complete the process after Monday. One official compared the effort to Election Day when voters in line when polls close are still allowed to vote. That’s the message navigators got last week, said Anne Fulcher, a certified application counselor with Rural Health Services Inc.

“It said if they were in the system and the application process had begun, then we could wait,” she said. Processing could be completed by April 15, Fulcher said. Craige Taylor-Burton said paper applications had to be postmarked by deadline.

“As long as they’re postmarked by the 31st, supposedly you should be fine,” said the enrollment specialist with Christ Community Health Services.

Even with wiggle room, based on last week’s volume, they expect to be busy . Christ Community was “slammed” last week with folks trying to beat the deadline, Taylor-Burton said.

“I’ve signed up multiple people per day, multiple people per hour,” he said. “We’ve just been going and calling people back because we get a high number of voice mails and we just want to make sure we are taking time to serve the people and tally up our numbers later.”

Fulcher said the two navigators at Rural Health having been working until dark every day.

“We work nonstop, no lunch, no nothing,” she said.

They expect to be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Taylor-Burton said both navigators at Christ Community have full schedules today.

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wildman
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wildman 03/31/14 - 03:38 am
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If

If it was affordable more would have signed up. If the President had not looked us in the eye and lied maybe more would have signed up. This "if" could go on and on...

Truth Matters
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Truth Matters 03/31/14 - 05:13 am
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"If" you already have

"If" you already have healthcare and do not need coverage under the ACA, be thankful and show your Christian love by hoping others will get same.
"If" people want to keep their junk plans, the president has extended the time they may keep them.
"If" the people with those plans get sick and the plans prove inadequate, we all wish them well.

Dixieman
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Dixieman 03/31/14 - 07:03 am
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Oooooh, yeah, where do I sign up??

I WANT to give my personal information, including Social Security number and confidential medical information, to "navigators," many of whom are political operatives (former ACORN organizers) or convicted felons or both.
I WANT to give up my existing coverage and my doctor whom I like and have known for years.
I WANT to be asked if I have guns in my home the next time I go for a checkup.

NOT.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 03/31/14 - 06:10 am
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IF

If a frog had wings well, he wouldn't bump his----

Let this be over & done---soon.

Please.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 03/31/14 - 07:32 am
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ROFLMAO!!! Deadlines and

ROFLMAO!!! Deadlines and mandates mean nothing to the Obama administration. This is as ridiculous as his economic and diplomatic policy, and leading from his behind-I mean leading from behind.

raul
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raul 03/31/14 - 07:52 am
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I wouldn't believe the

I wouldn't believe the enrollment numbers anyway from this last minute signup. What an expensive, deceitful, FAIL this whole program is.

edcushman
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edcushman 03/31/14 - 08:26 am
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"If" people want to keep
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"If" people want to keep their junk plans, the president has extended the time they may keep them."
TM, so the president has the right to determine what kind of coverage everyone needs? We conservatives are smart enough to decide for ourselves what we need but I guess liberals are not.

edcushman
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edcushman 03/31/14 - 08:34 am
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"Let this be over &
Unpublished

"Let this be over & done---soon."
seenitB4, I afraid we have almost 3 more years of this evil piece of garbage in the WH. The republicans should bring impeachment proceedings against him but don't have the guts. Let's hope the repubs take senate this year which will pretty much neuter him.

prov227
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prov227 03/31/14 - 11:02 am
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TM, would that we could ...

keep our "junk" plan. Our new "silver" plan will give us $150 in additional benefits for twice our current premium. I'm willing to share others' burdens by pooling our health care dollars. But I'm being asked to contribute to the insurance pool for my family AND another family or two. This is socialism on steroids. Where does it end?

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