HHS hosts health insurance enrollment event

Deadline: Dec. 23 for Jan. 1 coverage

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SAN ANTONIO - After a rocky start that saw fewer than 3,000 Texans enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the push is on to get people signed up.

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The Department of Health and Human Services and health insurance  marketplace representatives are hosting an enrollment even through Wednesday at the Omni at the Colonnade,  9821 Colonnade Blvd.  Help is available from 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. No appointment is needed.

"We have enrollment assistance personnel that are here that can provide one-on-one assistance. We also have information they can take home with them," said Roger Adams, health care specialist with the Center for Medicare and Medicaid.

The online tool is up and running. Navigators, assistors and certified counselors are on site to guide people through the available plans and help them determine whether they are eligible for subsidized premiums.

"Some people have very specific questions as they shop," Adams said. "Others, it's a whole new process, so they have a wide range of questions."

Eli Elias brought his sister, Yolanda, to the event to shop for coverage for her.

"She has pre-existing conditions," he said. "She has a hard time getting insurance and good quality care. I wanted to come down here with the experts and let them show my sister the comparison with the different plans. That way, she could choose what's best for her."

She eventually chose and plan and enrolled for a price Elias said was "very reasonable."

While enrollment continues through March, there is a Dec. 23 deadline for coverage to begin Jan. 1.

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