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The Time to Enroll for Health Insurance is Running Out

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NBCRightNow.com - Time is running out to get enrolled in a health insurance plan.

People that do not sign up by Monday will have to wait until the next open enrollment period which is in November, unless they qualify for medicaid, in that case enrollment will continue. 
     
"The law requires that all individuals within this country have health insurance and if they don't they're going to be penalized," said Wes Luckey, Community Action Connections. 

Here in Washington there will not be any extensions. 

Karen Sandolval signed up for coverage despite disagreeing with Obama Care in general but said she is happy she did.

"We have no choice, I mean we have no choice this is what the government is saying we have to do like I said though my heart breaks for those people that have to pay so much, " she said. 

She added it was horrible living without health insurance after getting a back injury.

"I was having to scrape up money every month just to be able to go to the doctor," she said. 

Nationwide, more than six million Americans have now signed up for private insurance under the Affordable Care Act, but the administration's goal was seven million.

Washington has been among the most successful states in getting people enrolled.

"You know I don't agree with being pushed into something but for people that absolutely have nothing, it's awesome! I mean it really is, to be able to go to the doctor to be able to get my prescriptions and not have to worry about it every month," Sandoval added. 

At Community Action Connections in Pasco, they have been helping 40 to 50 people a day.

Another issue has been getting young healthy people to enroll in a health plan and one young woman NBC Right Now spoke with said she finally signed up a couple of weeks ago and would have signed up sooner if she had not encountered so many computer glitches in the process.

Community Action Connection will stay open until 7:00 p.m. Monday to help with last minute applications.

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