HUNTINGDON - J.C. Blair Memorial Hospital in Huntingdon is one of the few places in our region where you'll find a certified applications counselor to help you sign up on the federal healthcare exchange. Gail Young has been filling that need for the past couple of months. Recently, with the March 31 deadline approaching, she's seen an increase in the number of people asking for help.
"When I first started doing this in mid-January,"she says,"there were maybe one or two people per day that would call me and right now my phone is just ringing off the hook."
Young says due to an increase in the number of people trying to sign up, there's a 20 to 30 minute wait for information when you call the toll free federal healthcare line.
Monday is still the official deadline to sign up for a health insurance plan, but the Obama administration has added some wiggle room.
Everyone who's started to apply for coverage on the healthcare.gov site by March 31, but hasn't completed the process will have until about mid-April to enroll.
For more information on signing up, you can contact JC Blair's Certified Applications Counselor at 814-643-8330 or JC Blair's Community Relations office at (814)643-8833.
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