HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) – The numbers are in. After months of hard work from Obamacare advocates, thousands of Alabamians will now have health insurance.
But it wasn’t without its trials. Nationally advocates of the Affordable Care Act are celebrating reaching a goal that once seemed illusive.
“If you really look at the big picture we have 7 million people in the United States who are now going to have health insurance,” said Mary Elizabeth Marr, an organizer for local health care Navigators and CEO of the AIDS Action Coalition.
In North Alabama, they also reached their goal for health insurance enrollees.
“We reached our goal of 4,000 individuals,” said Marr. “And as of March 23rd, this is an unofficial number, but 50,790 individuals signed up [statewide].”
Marr says over the past 6 months she has met people who were signing up for health insurance for the first time in their lives, and others with pre-existing conditions who couldn’t previous get covered.
But with the positive stories of those who finally got covered , some for the first time in their lives, some still fell through the cracks.
“Because Alabama chose not to expand Medicaid, there were individuals who still thought they were eligible to get health care or assistance who found themselves below those cut offs,” said Marr.
Marr hopes over time more Alabamians will get insured.
Though the deadline to sign up on Healthcare.gov has come and gone, people who at least started the process have until April 14th to get insured, before penalties set in.
If you missed the cut off, the next open enrollment isn’t until November. However,as always, if you have a life-changing event -like marriage, divorce, or new job – you could be eligible to get insured outside of the open enrollment period.