BUT FIRST TONIGHT AT SIX.
THE PHONE LINES ARE OPEN AND CALL TAKERS ARE READY
TO HELP YOU SIGN UP FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.
THE CALLS HAVE NOT STOPPED COMING INTO OUR AFFORDABLE
CARE ACT PHONE BANK.
MANY WANT ANSWERS ABOUT HEALTH CARE REFORM, THE DEADLINE
TO SIGN UP AND THEIR INSURANCE OPTIONS.
VOLUNTEERS ARE LIVE NOW IN OUR STUDIO TAKING CALLS
FROM AROUND THE COMMUNITY .
AS THE DEADLINE TO SIGN UP FOR HEALTH CARE IS COMING
LESS THAN TWO WEEKS AWAY MARCH 31ST.
THE NUMBER TO CALL FOR MORE INFORMATION IS 2-7-4-4000.
YOU CAN TELL BY THE FOOT-TRAFFIC AT THE ENROLLMENT
THAT THE DEADLINE IS CREEPING CLOSER.
COUNSELORS HAVE REPORTED A SIGNIFICANT UP-TICK IN
PEOPLE SIGNING UP FOR HEALTH CARE PLANS.
NEWS 3 REPORTER DAVE DELOZIER SPENT TODAY AT AN ENROLLMENT
CENTER AND JOINS US.
DAVE - APPLICATION COUNSELORS CAN BE A LOT OF HELP
IN THIS PROCESS.
MICHELLE- KEEP IN MIND THIS IS NEW TERRITORY FOR MOST
INSURANCE IS NOT SOMETHING MOST OF US HAVE A GREAT
DEAL OF UNDERSTANDING ABOUT.
HAVING SOMEONE TO GUIDE YOU THROUGH THE LABYRINYH
THAT IS HEALTHCARE IS HELPFUL.
this month we have been twice as busy.
AND TIME NOW - WITH THE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE LOOMING
- SEEMS TO BE MOVING A LITTLE BIT FASTER.
i think a lot of people you know have kind of waited
a little bit and now time is ticking away.
deadlines are coming up
AND MARK HENDRICKS IS PLAYING BEAT THE CLOCK.
WITH THE HELP OF LAUREN - AN APPLICATION COUNCELOR
- HE IS HERE TO GET HEALTH INSURANCE.
oh, it certainly is great because there's just so
many details that you get, that you may miss, over
look or have questions about and the staff here has
been very helpful.
AND WITH ANYTHING NEW - THERE IS A LEARNING CURVE
- WITH HEALTHCARE - IT IS PRETTY BIG CURVE.
they don't know much about the affordable care.
they just know that they need to pick out insurance.
they need to purchase insurance and so we're kind
of giving them that educational piece, letting them
know what the affordable care act means.
FOR MARK IT MEANS EXACTLY WHAT THE AFFORDABLE HEALTH
CARE ACT SAYS - AFFORDABLE.
prescriptions, medicines were way, way out of line.
my prescription for out of pocket expenses for my
son were $500 a month and now we can get it down to
a more reasonable level.
AND AS THE CLOCK CONTINUES TO TICK DOWN - THE NUMBER
OF FOLKS WHO HAVE HEALTH CARE TICKS UP.
relief, they can finally go to the doctor, you know
they can finally choose a plan with doctor, they can
finally get those dental needs thaty they've been
needing so i think it is a lot of relief
AGAIN - THERE IS HELP OUT THERE FOR FOLKS STILL NEEDING
TO PURCHASE HEALTH INSURANCE.
THE ENROLLMENT CENTER AT THE DANE COUNTY JOB CENTER
IS OPEN MONDAY THROUGH FRIDAY.
WE'VE PUT A FULL LIST OF THOSE EVENTS ON CHANNEL-3000
-- MICHELLE --