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Groups set to provide help as health law's second enrollment period begins

Posted November 10, 2014

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— The second enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act opens on Saturday, and local groups are once again planning clinics to help people navigate the online sign-up process and find the best coverage for their needs and budgets.

People looking to enroll for the first time or to review their coverage for a potentially better deal can go to the Durham County Health Department, at 414 E. Main St., from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday or Wake Health Services, at 1001 Rock Quarry Road in Raleigh, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.

Last year, 350,000 people across North Carolina used the federal exchange,, to obtain health insurance. More than 7 million people nationwide enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Still, about 15 percent of the people in Durham remain uninsured. So, 4th District Congressman David Price and community organizers said Monday that more work needs to be done to reach out to as many people as possible in the coming enrollment period.

"We want to continue to talk with traditionally hard-to-reach populations, such as young people, African-Americans (and) Latinos," Price said. "(We need to) make sure they understand what financial assistance is available through the Affordable Care Act and the resources are available to help them get coverage."

The enrollment period runs through Feb. 15. Anyone who doesn't obtain coverage – and doesn't have health insurance through their employer – faces a tax penalty of $325 or 2 percent of their annual income, whichever is greater.


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  • jimcricket15 Nov 17, 2014

    I wonder if one of these groups will give me money so I can afford the not-affordable premiums of an ACA plan.

  • icdmbpppl Nov 11, 2014

    Jonathan Gruber, an MIT professor, and one of the architects of Obamacare, has been exposed on video saying that the bill was "torturously written" to keep the CBO from calling it a tax. He also said it isn't workable. He also said the administration depended on the "stupidity of the American voter", to support the law. The democrat party mocks their own base, and the propaganda media is ignoring this bombshell video. You can find it by looking for Jonathan Gruber online.

  • goobnav Nov 11, 2014

    Fact check this wonder person admitting that the ACA is so complex to hide the tax hikes and other distribution methods used for this useless legislation, BTW he worked for the Liar and Thief: You Tube video keeps getting pulled but, the President just stated that he wants "Net Neutrality".

    People wake up, anybody who supports this obviously bad and flawed legislation, don't say it was a Republican or Democrat idea, it was neither. It's just a way to keep us, the dwindling Middle Class from keeping the little control we have over our lives. The ACA, the Patriot Act, the Federal Reserve and the Income Tax all need to go the way of the Dodo.

  • veryfrustrated1 Nov 10, 2014

    The ACA is really just wealth redistribution thinly disguised as healthcare legislation. Slavery (owning the products of another person's output) is rightfully despised by the left and illegal in this country, except in the form of the redistribution of wealth forcibly taken by the government from producers for the sole purpose of giving it to someone else. When you forcibly take someone's wealth from them against their will and give it to someone else, what is it if it is not slavery?!!!!!

  • veryfrustrated1 Nov 10, 2014

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    What 1 man gets paid without working for, another man must work for without getting paid! And this is now what constitutes fairness in this country according to you and your leftist cohorts!!!

  • dennis8 Nov 10, 2014

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    Because the old system that hid these charges and denied coverage was so much better right?

  • Ginger Lynn Nov 10, 2014
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    Exactly. But some people who don't understand math think this is a terrific thing!

  • saturn5 Nov 10, 2014

    I guess I'm one of the lucky ones. My coverage is only going up 60% for less coverage than last year.

  • AConservativePerson Nov 10, 2014

    Being affordable doesn't mean having to pay for somebody else's premiums!

  • stymieindurham Nov 10, 2014

    Hmmmmm, isn't it cheaper to pay the fine than to subsidize someone elses insurance? Sure seems like it to me. B the way, if all those people who HAD insurance weren't forced off their policies, who would be enrolled in this "trainwreck"???