GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) - The final push is on to get people enrolled for the Affordable Care act -- often called "Obamacare."
The deadline for enrollment is March 31, less than three weeks away. People who don't sign up by then, will be locked out for the rest of the year unless they have a life-qualifying event, like a marriage or birth.
There are enrollment sessions happening throughout West Michigan through the rest of the month. Michelle Fitzgerald, Region 3 lead navigator, says enrollment numbers in Michigan are quite good. In fact, they are right on target if not higher than projections for this first enrollment period. Still, there are many people confused or discouraged by misinformation and the clumsy rollout. Fitzgerald encourages them to stop procrastinating, saying there is not much time left. She says take advantage of the help being offered.
"Things are working smoothly now. The call center is a great resource. We have a lot of information we can give you so if you tried before don't give up. Try again. You never know what might be available for you. This is a very individualized process and you could be missing out on some very good, quality health insurance," says Fitzgerald.
Enrollment assistants say based out of the Cherry Street Health Services building in Grand Rapids, they have observed an increase in the number of calls and walk-ins. But, they say they have the resources available to handle it.
Cherry Street is partnering with area libraries to hold several enrollment sessions, with "hands-on" help signing up. There is also an event at St. Philips Church, 558 Henry Avenue SE in Grand Rapids, between 1:30 and 4:00 p.m. Tuesday.
For more information and assistance you can call 1(866) 299-1339 or go to the Enroll Michigan website.