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Affordable Care Act sign-up deadline: Mar. 31

Enroll now or wait until October to get health insurance
By Charles Hallman

Staff Writer


Open enrollment for health coverage through MNsure ends March 31. According to officials, enrollment has increased 54 percent — about 56,000 new applications since December 31 — and its call center staffing has increased, with an average hold time of three minutes as opposed to an hour at the end of December. President Barack Obama told state and local elected officials during a February 24 conference call that he remains committed to work with them “to educate their residents about the importance of enrolling in health care before March 31,” said a White House press release. Despite its critics and misinformation about the law, along with the start-up problems last fall, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has “created new pathways” for uninsured individuals and families to get health coverage, said Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) officials. KFF officials spoke about the ACA and what it means for African Americans February 25 during an exclusive media conference call with National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ) reporters, including the MSR.

“It’s likely in all states that more people who already were eligible for Medicaid before the ACA but not enrolled will likely now be covered,” said KFF Disparities Policy Project Director Samantha Artiga. Continue Reading →

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