Healthcare signup event on Saturday

Posted at: 03/29/2014 9:23 AM
Updated at: 03/29/2014 12:00 PM

The push is on to get people to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. This is the final week before the March 31 deadline.

If you need help signing up for coverage you still have a chance to get assistance before the deadline.

Volunteers will be out on Saturday, March 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three locations.

They will be at the South Avenue Community Center, the Edgerton Community Center and the Central Library.

UPDATE: We are hearing that events scheduled at the South Avenue Community Center and Central Library are not in session as of 11:30 a.m. but the Edgerton Community Center signup is still available. We are checking with organizers to get more information on what happened with the other two locations.

But with the deadline in sight, the state Health Exchange says 1.13 million New Yorkers have completed applications for insurance though fewer than 800,000 have now enrolled for specific coverage.

The Department of Health says enrollment for individual and family coverage since October includes nearly 368,000 New Yorkers in the 16 commercial and nonprofit insurers in the exchange and nearly 415,000 in government-funded Medicaid.

Open enrollments continue through midnight Monday for 2014 coverage at state-approved rates. Applicants with incomes up to 400 percent of the federal poverty line are eligible for tax credits to help offset premium payments.

Another online exchange offers insurance for businesses with up to 50 employees.