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Montgomery County deluged with last-minute signups for Obamacare

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ROCKVILLE, Md. -

With more than six million people already signed up for private health plans, the uninsured are practically beating down the doors in Montgomery County to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Health Care Act.

The county is dealing with an avalanche of applicants trying to get insurance before the March 31 deadline.

At the Piccard Drive Health Center in Rockville, there was a flurry of activity on Thursday. People took numbers, waited their turns, and got help from navigators who guided them through the process.

Charles Menson, a Silver Spring resident who is self-employed, told FOX 5 he waited until the last minute because he's a procrastinator. He also said he is aware that the Obama administration has extended the deadline for some people.

Montgomery County Health Department spokesperson Mary Anderson says the two-week extension applies to Maryland applicants who sign up before March 31, and then, for whatever reason, don't complete the process by the 31st.

Anderson says those who are still uninsured should check the website of service centers for their hours and try to get there early. She also says make sure you have the documents you need before you go, like proof of identity, social security number and proof of income.

For more information about health coverage enrollment in Montgomery County, you can go to their website, www.capitalhealthconnection.org.


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