LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW)-- Despite problems with the website designed to help people enroll, the implementation of the Affordable Care Act is moving forward.
Local healthcare professionals are reaching out to the community to make sure everyone knows their options. Friday afternoon, a session at Viterbo focus on why it's important for everyone to get covered, including young, healthy college students.
The presentation was put on my Dr. Peter Nelson. Nelson is the coordinator for La Crosse County application counselors, who help people navigate the new system and sign up for a plan. He says the website errors are causing registration problems locally. Most people can sign on but the problems start during the process of determining what financial assistance they qualify for.
"People are getting frustrated and often times it's a matter of come back and we'll complete the process because we've got the application account created, you've made it to the point of almost enrolling but we need to make this eligibility determination in marketplace and then we'll be able to move forward choosing a plan," Nelson said.
So far federal officials are not delaying the deadlines to obtain coverage and beginning January 1, everyone must have health insurance or face penalties. Dr. Nelson says they have to just keep trying to get people registered but he says he'd be happy if those deadlines were extended.
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