Time ticking on open enrollment for health coverage through ACA - KPLC 7 News, Lake Charles, Louisiana

Time ticking on open enrollment for health coverage through ACA

Posted: Updated:
  • More Local NewsLocalMore>>

  • McNeese known for being a "powerhouse"

    McNeese known for being a "powerhouse"

    Friday, July 25 2014 11:18 PM EDT2014-07-26 03:18:58 GMT
    The depth of the McNeese defense is no question this year and could prove to be one of the best squads in some time.With Preseason All-America candidate Everett Ellefsen, returning starter Kevin Dorn, as well as Sean Brown. Then add transfer Brian Hine along with big boys Antonio McGhee Danyel Hunter, also tacking on Aaron Sam who earned Preseason All SLC First Team Recognition. This unit is going to be one hard line to crack. As for the team as a whole, the word used to describe them the mo...More >>
    The depth of the McNeese defense is no question this year and could prove to be one of the best squads in some time.With Preseason All-America candidate Everett Ellefsen, returning starter Kevin Dorn, as well as Sean Brown. Then add transfer Brian Hine along with big boys Antonio McGhee Danyel Hunter, also tacking on Aaron Sam who earned Preseason All SLC First Team Recognition. This unit is going to be one hard line to crack. As for the team as a whole, the word used to describe them the mo...More >>
  • Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Tip leads to arrests in Welsh

    Friday, July 25 2014 10:41 PM EDT2014-07-26 02:41:16 GMT
    Welsh Police make three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
    Welsh Police make three arrests after getting a tip about stolen items and drugs in a home on Ronald Street.More >>
  • LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    LC Police ticket door-to-door sales people

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:38 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:38:11 GMT
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
    More concerns tonight about door to door salesmen in the area. Two men have been issued citations for selling door to door without a permit. The men claimed to be selling pest control services. It's one of those quiet streets in the University area where people tend to know and look out for each other. So when Loraine Suarez received a knock at the door from someone selling pest control services she was concerned for herself and her neighbors... "When I opened the door this young man kind of...More >>
CHARLESTON COUNTY, SC (WCSC) -

Open enrollment for 2014 closed at midnight Monday. Application counselors with the Palmetto Project worked over the weekend and into the evening hours Monday to help people sign-up under the Affordable Care Act.

Fifty-year-old Evelina Hogan has been in a tough spot since she lost her job and health insurance nearly a year ago.

"That was very scary, very scary because it's like where do I go? It makes it very difficult for me to try and go to a hospital."

She was one of the many who came by to make the midnight cut-off. Monday’s deadline guaranteed insurance for this year. Shelli Quenga with the Palmetto Project says for coverage in 2014, a person had to at least begin the enrollment process.

"If you made an attempt to enroll, but you've been thwarted by a technical glitch or you can't get into the system right now, as long as you're making that attempt by tonight at midnight, then you'd still be able to enroll even this week or next week."

Quegna says the next open enrollment period will be from November 15th to February 15th. She says that is for next year.

"Every year we'll need to go through open enrollment just like we do with our employer-sponsored plans because we could have new carriers, new plans."

Hogan admits she took her health insurance for granted. Now she's grateful she has some options.

"It's great for me to know that I can come here to get some type of help. It's very important because I'm really concerned about my health. I rather have something than not have anything."

If you are eligible for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, but choose not to enroll this year, the penalty is $95 per adult or 1 percent of your income. The Internal Revenue Service will monitor the penalties.


Powered by WorldNow