ACA health insurance enrollment deadline is fast approaching


HUNTINGTON, WV (WOWK) – For some families, a lower health insurance bill can help them stay financially stable. Affordable Care Act health insurance provides coverage for people who are not eligible for insurance through Medicare, Medicaid, or employer-based insurance.

West Virginia Navigator representatives say this coverage is for people of all backgrounds.

This is for someone who has lost their job or someone who is waiting to retire, who is in the process of opting out of medicare. Someone who earns a little too much for Medicaid.

Natonia McCoy, West Virginia Navigator/Outreach Specialist

Today is the last day to sign up for this coverage, but outreach specialists will be taking calls until midnight, January 16. If you miss this deadline, you will have to wait until next year.

I spoke with people of all ages across all three states, asking them a simple question: “What would you do if you had to live a year without health insurance?” »

Hunter Barber, 16, of Pedro, Ohio, responded by saying, “If we didn’t have it and had to pay for it out of pocket, we wouldn’t have been able to buy groceries and this and that. .

Levi Followay of Wayne County, West Virginia, says he thinks it “would be pretty detrimental to most families in general because health care […] is really expensive. It can cost tens of thousands of dollars for anything.

Other people, who prefer to remain anonymous, say they have been victims of accidents where, without health insurance, they could not have afforded treatment.

The West Virginia Navigator in Huntington will be open until midnight Saturday by phone at (844) 982-2737.


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