Healthcare deadline today, health providers work to help people - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Healthcare deadline today, health providers work to help people register

LYNDHURST, OH (WOIO) -

Bijon Notash was someone who needed to sign up for a healthcare plan and finally did.  

"It's been awhile since I've had health insurance," says Bijon Notash, of Pepper Pike. 

But almost as soon as he got on, he found he couldn't complete the process.

"There were so many people on it, it stalled out, but I started it, so it registered," Notash said. 

At the very least getting registered into the system is what you need to do by the end of the day to avoid paying a tax penalty next year.

"At least make the effort to do it today-yes," says Adam Schlesinger of Bernard Health. 

At Bernard Health in Lyndhurst, the staff has been working to help people chose the best health care plan for themselves for years. Now, they're helping people meet this Obamacare deadline, but there doesn't seem to be much urgency today. They had one appointment here in the afternoon, but pretty quiet otherwise.

"It's been a pretty hectic last couple of months. I think it's winding down. I'm thinking most people are expecting things to be done and those that were going to make a decision have already made it. A lot of people are waiting until the last minute also."

But here's another problem: those that are scrambling to do something may have a problem - the official website was down for a good part of the day. 

You can register online by clicking HERE. If you prefer to sign up over the phone, call 1-800-318-2596. 

Like 19 Action News on Facebook for the latest news, weather, sports and giveaways.

Copyright 2014 WOIO. All rights reserved.

  • More Local NewsNewsMore>>

  • Parents frustrated with back to school traffic on Nelson Road

    Parents frustrated with back to school traffic on Nelson Road

    Friday, August 18 2017 12:15 AM EDT2017-08-18 04:15:29 GMT
    (Source: www.gator995.com)(Source: www.gator995.com)

    It's a major headache Prien Lake Elementary parents have been dealing with for the past three days--traffic.  The new access road that Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus says is finally finished was suppose to help fix that problem, but some parents are still struggling with the traffic.  Even if it's only an inch, parent Amy Jackson was excited just to be moving.   "Last year I was safe by leaving my job downtown by... 2:30," said Jac...

    More >>

    It's a major headache Prien Lake Elementary parents have been dealing with for the past three days--traffic.  The new access road that Calcasieu Parish Superintendent Karl Bruchhaus says is finally finished was suppose to help fix that problem, but some parents are still struggling with the traffic.  Even if it's only an inch, parent Amy Jackson was excited just to be moving.   "Last year I was safe by leaving my job downtown by... 2:30," said Jac...

    More >>
  • I Wanna Know: Why don't they cut the grass?

    I Wanna Know: Why don't they cut the grass?

    Thursday, August 17 2017 9:01 PM EDT2017-08-18 01:01:31 GMT

    High grass and weeds can be hiding places for pests like rodents and snakes, and they can breed mosquitoes. That's why Lake Charles resident Raymond LeDay wants to know why billion-dollar company Entergy doesn't cut its grass. The Southeast corner of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road is a large tract of land. Much, if not most of it, is owned by Entergy.

    More >>

    High grass and weeds can be hiding places for pests like rodents and snakes, and they can breed mosquitoes. That's why Lake Charles resident Raymond LeDay wants to know why billion-dollar company Entergy doesn't cut its grass. The Southeast corner of Highway 171 and Fitzenreiter Road is a large tract of land. Much, if not most of it, is owned by Entergy.

    More >>
  • Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Music collector remembers the day Elvis died 40 years ago

    Thursday, August 17 2017 8:16 PM EDT2017-08-18 00:16:26 GMT

    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

    More >>

    It may not be the largest collection of Elvis recordings in the world, but it's certainly one Gary Doucet is proud of. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly