|By John Ingle, Times Record News, Wichita Falls, Texas|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
The end of Saturday is the deadline for enrollment, but a local health underwriter is urging those wanting their coverage to kick in beginning
"My advice for people, (if they're going to enroll) is to do it before
Insurance coverage for people who enroll after maintenance begins on the system this Saturday will begin
According to CMS, "Individuals attempting to complete the application process on healthcare.gov during this (maintenance) period will not be able to immediately receive an eligibility determination/assessment from the marketplace. Upon completion, those consumers will need to save their application and return to healthcare.gov on or after (
However, the CMS release also said people who enroll by the end of Saturday can call the Federal Call Center at 800-318-2596 starting
Fristoe said the flow of people coming in to enroll for coverage has been like the roll out of the federal exchange website -- calm before the storm. He said there was an initial rush in December for a
"This week, my calendar is starting to fill up fast with people calling in here to beat the
There are two other significant sign-up deadlines remaining after Saturday's date including
Fristoe said one particular challenge they face is getting people who have coverage through the
The health underwriter also urged people who aren't sure what plan to choose to speak with a professional who can help by considering lifestyle, budget, utilization of health care and others. He said it's not a good idea to select a plan based on cost alone.
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