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Healthcare.gov Education Begins
Healthcare.gov Education Begins

As the unreliable Obamacare website makes it hard for people to sign up for health insurance, the state is still making a push to teach people about it.

Saturday is Cover Your Community Day, with educational events put on by community groups at 200 locations around the state. But if people can’t sign up, what’s the point? “The federal government has indicated that by the end of November, the majority of (uninsured) Americans will be able to enroll at Healthcare.gov. But in the meantime, we are using our resources here in the state to aggressively communicate with Illinois consumers about all of the new options that are available to them, and that is the purpose of Cover Your Community Day,” said Jennifer Koehler, director of the Illinois Health Insurance Marketplace.

Koehler says about half the people who are uninsured will want in-person help to sign up for insurance. Locations and times for the events can be found at http://getcoveredillinois.gov/events/.

Koehler says future Cover Your Community days will be organized when the federal website is running properly. The website is sporadic now, with some consumers able to enroll while others wait hours or are kicked off; Koehler says with that kind of website performance, it’s impossible to promote Saturday as a signup day.

However, those who qualify for expanded Medicaid will be able to sign up at Saturday’s community events.