THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT IS EXTENDING THE DEADLINE TO
SIGN UP FOR OBAMACARE.
MONDAY WAS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR COVERAGE FOR
NOW, THE ADMINISTRATION WANTS TO GIVE PEOPLE MORE
TIME TO FINISH, IF THEY START THE APPLICATION PROCESS
ON THAT DAY.
BUT, THE EXTENSION DOES NOT APPLY TO PEOPLE LIVING
KXLY 4'S CAITI CURREY IS WORKING FOR YOU WITH WHY
YOU SHOULD ACT FAST IF YOU WANT TO BE COVERED.
NADINE, WASHINGTON STATE HAS AN INDEPENDENT EXCHANGE.
SO AS OF NOW THE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE IS STILL MARCH
AND THERE ARE A LOT OF WAYS PEOPLE CAN STILL GET HELP
IF THEY NEED IT.
I have been without health insurance as of May it
will be five years.
AS OF TODAY, SUE FRASIER WILL NOT HAVE TO GO ANOTHER
YEAR WITHOUT IT, BECAUSE SHE JUST FOUND OUT.
I'm elligible for free health insurance so, yay!
FRASIER IS ONE OF 31 THOUSAND PEOPLE.
IN THE SPOKANE AREA WHO WILL NOW HAVE HEALTH INSURANCE
THANKS TO THE WASHINGTON HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE.
It's definitely a benefit to know that if I do need
to go to a doctor I can afford to go.
BUT TIME IS TICKING TO ENROLL.
AND UNLIKE THE FEDERAL HEALTH EXCHANGE.
WASHINGTON'S DEADLINE IS STILL MARCH 31ST.
Washington state did our own state exchange, even
though we are connected through the federal hub, our
exchange works off of our own power and does our own
thing separate from the federal exchange.
BETHANY OSGOOD WORKS FOR UNITED HELATHCARE SHE SAYS
IN RECENT WEEKS THE STATE OF WASHINGTON AS A WHOLE
HAS SEEN A HUGE JUMP IN ENROLLMENT.
ACCORDING TO THE WASHINGTON HEALTH BENEFIT EXCHANGE.
LAST WEEK WASHINGTON HIT FOUR TIMES THE AVERAGE WEEKLY
WITH OVER 12,000 NEW ENROLLEES.
I'm really excited about the surge that's coming in
because people are having that ah-ha moment of, you
know this will really benefit me, I can live a happier
THERE ARE STILL MANY WAYS TO GET ASSISTANCE TO SIGN
MANY PEOPLE LIKE FRASIER.
BELIEVE THE MOST HELPFUL IS WITH AN IN-PERSON ASSISTANT.
It's extremely helpful to actually be able to sit
down with somebody and tell them my circumstance and
have them work with me on the numbers.
CHAS IS HOSTING AN OPEN ENROLLMENT EVENT THIS SATURDAY
FROM 10 TO 2 AT THEIR MAPLE STREET CLINIC.
WHERE PEOPLE WILL BE ABLE TO GET IN PERSON ASSISTANCE.