Last-Minute Uninsured ‘Shoppers’ Seek Health Care Advice
By Mike Dougherty
BALA CYNWYD, Pa. (CBS/AP) – Monday is the deadline to sign up for private health insurance in the new online markets created by President Barack Obama’s health care law.
Agents from Independence Blue Cross helped customers sign up for a plan that works for them in Bala Cynwyd, Montgomery County Sunday.
A steady stream of people walked through the doors of the mobile Independence Express — a trailer set up in a parking lot along City Avenue.
Syed Naji from Northeast Philadelphia (pictured above) came expecting to pay up to $150 a month for insurance. He left with a huge smile on his face.
“Terrific! $21 a month,” he said. “I’m just ecstatic, man. I got dental and just checkups.”
Shukriyyah’s results also made her happy:
“I pay 15 cents for my insurance!” she said.
Victoria Blisard with Independence Blue Cross says they offer 13 different plans, and agents will help guide customers to choose the right one.
“We have HMOs, PPOs. If you want a health savings account with your plan, we have options for that as well.”
Rates are based on income and a number of other factors.
Blisard says there are three locations open until 8 p.m Monday night. She says customers can also sign up by phone until the deadline by calling 1-855-429-4968:
“Our agents will take you through a real guided shopping experience, ask you all of those different types of questions.”
The deadline is March 31st at midnight for the states where the federal government is running the sign-up website. States running their own exchanges set their own deadlines.
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