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Counting down the days until the healthcare deadline.  There are 24 days left until everyone needs to sign-up for health care.  There is worry that not everyone is getting the message and could be facing a fine for not having health insurance.

The Mott Branch library is one of the places where help is available this weekend.  The issue now is getting people the information that this is the law and people need to sign up.

There has been quite a bit of help available for people to pick the right health insurance plan.  There is worry that some people are not only unaware of this help, but unaware that health insurance is mandatory. 

"Because this isn't something they ever expected to be able to do," said Health and Human Services Regional Director Kathleen Falk. 

Falk says the biggest group not getting the message so far are young people between the ages 19 and 35 years old. 

"They are one sinus infection away from being miserable or one broken leg from being bankrupt so reaching them is particularly important to do," said Falk.

Another piece people may not realize is the increased eligibility for Medicaid.  If you can't afford insurance, there is help.  Through January more Ohioans have enrolled in Medicaid than signed up for insurance plans on the exchange.

"For those who've not had insurance in the past, everybody else who does pay for insurance has been paying in effect for those without insurance because people without insurance show up at the emergency room with something," said Falk.

The challenge now is getting the message out there to people who still may know what's happening, especially if they've never heard insurance in a while or even ever.  

"They can't be denied insurance.  They can get affordable health care.  They can get that preventative health care," said Falk. 

Help from health care navigators is available at the Mott branch library at 11:00am Saturday this event goes until 2:00pm. 

A second event begins at the Kent branch on Collingwood at 2:30pm.

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