Local Agency Offers Assistance Enrolling for Insurance

Published 03/14 2014 05:48PM

Updated 03/14 2014 09:42PM

(MARYVILLE, Mo.) "A lot of times we just didn't go because it wasn't just something we could handle right off the back," said Carol Farrens.

Farrens has gone without health insurance for 6 years.

She and her husband both are diabetic and say they couldn't afford doctor visits or medication.

"If you went to the doctor you had to make sure that you were willing to go ahead and pay the full payment for a doctor's visit or you just didn't go," added Farrens.

Farrens recently signed up for the Affordable Care Act provided by the government.

She's now insured and says the process was easy and quick.

"It was so simple that we were insured within just a few moments," said Farrens.

Northwest Health Services provided free healthcare enrollment for people needing insurance.

They want to sign up as many uninsured people as they can before the deadline hits.

"We understand the need we work with a population that really doesn't have insurance so we can see that need firsthand," said Cameron Corbet with Northwest Health Services.

So far, they've signed up 150 Missourians for health insurance.

Friday's event wasn't just about getting insured, they also provided information for elderly, and ways to eat healthy.

"We all work with the community and we saw the need and so we decided instead of each individual company doing it themselves we could all come together and do the most we could," said Corbet.

The deadline for all citizens to be insured is March 31. If you don't have insurance by March 31, you face a penalty of $95 or 1 percent of your income-- whichever is greatest.

To enroll in the Affordable Care Act, click here.

If you need help enrolling or have questions, click here.

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