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I-Team checks into local kickoff for health insurance

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Are the problems fixed with healthcare-dot-gov?  The Obama administration says most of the issues are fixed after a mostly disastrous launch in October.

Now the 13abc I-team is looking into whether local people are having their own issues registering or whether it is finally smooth sailing.

Antonio Allen is what you'd call a "tweener" these days.  He's in between jobs and in between health insurance coverage.

Wednesday was the big kick off for "Get Covered Northwest Ohio" at the United Way in downtown Toledo.  The I-Team did see people moving along fairly well, but certainly there were some frustration as well.

"It's kinda hard when you're in between," said Allen.    

He's looking to register and find coverage.  There is work out there, but workplaces offering health insurance right away are much harder to find.

"Not off the bat, not right off.  They want to see an ongoing worker  before they provide health insurance.  That's understandable," said Allen.    

Wednesday people like Antonio worked with Navigators.  They'll help you register on healthcare.gov and help you choose a plan you can afford with the benefits you need.

"It's a very big concern, because I know a lot of families can't afford health coverage or they have no health benefits," said Judith Zuniga, who was working with a Navigator. 

Zuniga has a job, but for health insurance, her company does not offer it until 18 months in.

"I'm just looking to fill in a gap," said Zuniga.

It was not all smooth sailing.  The I-Team found one person who had problems registering online months ago, tried again Wednesday and still could not.  Another man received several errors when registering online. He like others will now register on paper.  Those and other website issues, have some people leery of the system.

"I think they've heard so many negative things about it, that they just don't want to be bothered," said Larry Leyland of TASC of Northwest Ohio.

But people who've worked with insurance in the past like Leyland, says that's the wrong approach.

"I would encourage everyone to get there as quickly as possible.  Because it's here   whether you believe in the affordable car act or don't believe in the affordable care act, it doesn't matter, it's here, so the important thing is that you learn about it," said Leyland. 

The I-Team wants to hear your stories as you've tried to register for the affordable care act.  Email us at iteam@13abc.com

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