St. Joe Organizations Help Locals with Obamacare

Published 10/24 2013 05:46PM

Updated 10/25 2013 06:27PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Local organizations are partnering together to offer free assistance to sign up for Obamacare.

Recent problems with the website have not allowed many people to sign up for the service.

Northwest Health Services, the Center for Aging, Interserv and Heartland Health all have certified application counselors that are meeting with locals.

"We've been out in the community the past couple of months just helping people sign up," enrollment specialist Tyler Graff said.

Graff works for Northwest Health Services and has seen progress in allowing people to go through the registration.

Specialists at Interserv are using paper documents to help people sign up.

"As everyone knows a paper application can be frustrating if you don't have anyone there to answer questions for you," Interserv specialist Rachael Bittiker said.

Bittiker said that while the government wants people signed up by January 1st, people can wait until February 15th to sign up without fear of penalty.

Despite the struggles that people have faced, both Bittiker and Graff recommend that the key is to stay patient.

"It's a marathon not a sprint," Graff said.

To set up an appointment please contact one of the organizations.

Northwest Health Services: (816) 271-8261

InterServ: (816) 232-8080

Heartland Health: (816) 271-6000

Please call (800) 318-2596 for additional information.

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