Only two days remain before those without health care insurance face a fine under the Affordable Care Act; and that’s leaving many to swarm health centers like this one today.
While other states are extending Monday’s Deadline Access Health CT is keeping the date firm. Meaning: You will have to pay 95 dollars or one percent of your household income if you are without health insurance by March 31st. And it's thats causing 170-thousand people to visit the CT Health Care Exchange this past week alone.
“It’s been very hectic. We have seven certified health care providers and we all have been working overtime just to fit the demand,” said Maritza Durin, Access Health CT counselor.
And in the final days, the public health exchange is intensifying its marketing efforts, partnering with nine federally qualified health centers; like this one here in Norwalk. Here: customers can find additional in-person assitance
“I don’t know everything very well. But I will have some idea..I will know more after today," said Lurdes Santos, a Connecticut resident.
“They’ve been confused about what the premiums are going to be…who qualifies..do they have to do it..what the penality will be. But what they also don’t know: It is affordable," continued Durin.
Some may qualify for an exemption, like if you’ve been recently divorced or laid off by an employer. Otherwise, Connecticut residents need to have health care coverage by Monday. The in-person assitance will be available until Monday at 8:00 pm.
"Just bring your paperwork," reminded Durin.