Health Care Act

Charlotte sees surge of last-minute ACA sign-ups

Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in uptown Charlotte drew a crowd of last-minute Affordable Care Act enrollments Sunday afternoon.
Legal Services of Southern Piedmont in uptown Charlotte drew a crowd of last-minute Affordable Care Act enrollments Sunday afternoon. GET COVERED MECKLENBURG/GET COVERED NC

Charlotte’s weekend enrollment events drew crowds seeking Affordable Care Act insurance in the final hours before Sunday’s deadline, organizers said Monday.

Like others around the country, some hit problems with IRS income verification on Saturday. They’ll have until Feb.22 to finish enrolling, said Madison Hardee, a health insurance navigator with Legal Services of Southern Piedmont. For details about extensions, go to www.healthcare.gov/blog/.

Hardee said one woman arrived at 6 a.m. for Saturday’s sign-up event, which opened four hours later. She got insurance for $31 a month after the federal subsidy for low- and moderate-income families, Hardee said.

“On Sunday, Legal Services had a waiting room full of consumers before the event started at 1 p.m.,” Hardee said. “Our navigators stayed busy with enrollments all afternoon and evening.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has not yet released totals for 2015 sign-ups, though it reported that 10 million had renewed 2014 policies or bought new ones for 2015 as of Feb. 11, four days before the cut-off.

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This article is done in collaboration with Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent program of the Kaiser Family Foundation.

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