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One month until Health Care deadline

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The clock is ticking.  If you don't have health insurance you have just about a month to get it and it sounds like some people have still not gotten the message.

The deadline is March 31st, that's the day you need to have health insurance.  If you don't have it on April 1st, you could be facing a fine.  But there is still time to avoid the fine.

Even the President himself admitted the rollout of healthcare.gov was bad, but people using the site now say it's much improved.

"Most of the hiccups I have seen are ironed out.  The ability to go in and create an account and move all the way through is much easier," said Julie Grasson with Carenet.

Through February 1st about 60,000 Ohioans have selected a plan through the healthcare exchange.  Grasson says there's worry not everyone is getting the word. 

"We are still seeing a lot of people that don't know it's the law.  That it is required of them to have health insurance," said Grasson. 

Experts say a few things are slowing the signup process; people not brining all their information, like other insurance plans for their kids.  Another issue is people sorting through all the plans, especially if they already have a doctor they prefer.

"Some docs may be covered under one set and not necessarily al of their medications are covered under that same plan," said Grasson.    

One other issue for people getting insurance for the first time is learning the terminology.

"Monthly premiums, your copays your coinsurance a lot of people, those are terms that are not familiar to a lot of people who've never had insurance," said Grasson. 

As for the fine, it's one percent of your income or $95 per person, whichever is higher.  It will increase yearly.

Another common issue, signing up online can get you connected to Medicaid for people with lower incomes, but not Medicare for older people. 

Here are the dates when Health Care Navigators can help you find a plan:  

March 1, 2014

8:30 am—3:30 pm

Toledo Hospital—Entrance 4

Check in at reception desk

March 3, 2014

2pm—4pm

St. Anne's Hospital

Cardiovascular            Conference Room

March 3, 2014

10am & 12:30pm

University of Findlay

Computer Lab

March 6, 2014

8:30am—4:00pm

United Way 424 Jackson St

Conference Room

March 7, 2014

8:30am—4:00pm

United Way 424 Jackson St

Conference Room

March 8, 2014

8:30 am—3:30 pm

Toledo Hospital—Entrance 4

Check in at reception desk

March 12, 2014

2:30pm—4:30 pm

St. Charles Hospital

Main Entrance

March 13, 2014

8:30am—4:00pm

United Way 424 Jackson St

Conference Room

March 14, 2014

8:30am—4:00pm

United Way 424 Jackson St

Conference Room

March 15, 2014

8:30 am—3:30 pm

Toledo Hospital—Entrance 4

Check in at reception desk

March 17, 2014

2pm—4pm

St. Anne's Hospital

Cardiovascular            Conference Room

March 22, 2014

8:30 am—3:30 pm

Toledo Hospital—Entrance 4

Check in at reception desk

March 26, 2014

2:30pm—4:30 pm

St. Charles Hospital

Main Entrance

March 27, 2014

8:30am—4:00pm

United Way 424 Jackson St

Conference Room

March 28, 2014

8:30am—4:00pm

United Way 424 Jackson St

Conference Room

March 29, 2014

8:30 am—3:30 pm

Toledo Hospital—Entrance 4

Check in at reception desk

March 31, 2014

2pm—4pm

St. Anne's Hospital

Cardiovascular            Conference Room

 

 

 

 

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