Today is the deadline to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act if you want your coverage to start in January.
Advocates and corporations across Georgia spent the last couple of days scrambling to get people signed up.
Peggy Boyles is the assistant director of patient access for The Medical Center of Central Georgia, the second largest hospital in the state. She said an enrollment event they did in a low-income area of West Macon last week brought in over 135 people. Though, only 17 actually signed up for coverage.
“ 17 people that came in without insurance left with insurance that day. Five more were approved, but wanted to go home and think about which plan to choose. So within 48 hours they too will have insurance.” Of the low number of those who actually signed up for coverage at the event, Boyles said several people stopped by on their way to work, or came in for information for someone else. Others picked up a paper application and will sign up on their own.
The nonprofit Georgians for a Healthy Future has been hosting signup events across the state in places like public libraries.
Meanwhile a group of Republican state legislators are proposing legislation this upcoming session that would prohibit any state agency from implementing the Affordable Care Act.
In Georgia, nearly 1.7 million people are uninsured and eligible for coverage through the new federal exchange.