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More People Enrolling for Obamacare Locally

A Savannah couple is part of the first group of locals to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) Sheila Parks has not had health insurance for six years, until now.

The Parks are one of the first couples in Northwest Missouri to successfully sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

All this after months of delays with the roll-out.

"This is what we were expecting to happen in October," Northwest Health Services' Tyler Graff said.

Graff works with locals to determine their eligibility and helps them enroll.

In the past couple of weeks, he's seen very little problems with the Healthcare website, allowing him to enroll clients, including the Parks.

"The information that we had heard, it sounded really confusing so we wanted to go to someone that was an expert on it," Sheila Parks said.

The couple worried about their eligibility because of their set income.
Sheila also suffers from asthma, a preexisting condition that previously could have charged them more.

"They chose to go ahead and do it and it was very affordable to them," Graff said.

"I think it's going to be a good thing because it's going to have a co-pay that I can afford it I end up in the hospital or something," Parks said.

And despite opposition from some, Graff said he doesn't make the issue about politics.
He is just happy to help people like Sheila who no longer has to worry.


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