Early last week hosted the deadline for the open enrollment period under the Affordable Care Act.
The Obama Administration has been touting more than 7-million sign-ups through the program.
That figure puts the ACA back on track with initial estimates made by Congressional Budget analysts.
Locally, the Knox County Health Department had their own goals to meet as part of a collaborative grant with other health departments. The Health Department’s Health Promotion and Wellness Director Erin Olson tells WGIL their final push went well.
“We had staff members on the ground two weeks prior on Saturday’s, Sunday’s, you know we had longer office hours so we just did a lot of late nights and set up weekend work with our staff,” says Olson.
The final day before the deadline saw 71 people assisted by the Affordable Care Act in Knox County.
The Health Department had a staff of five people working to help individuals in the County – who will be able to stay on board until the end of June, or until grant funding is renewed.
Olson says the Health Department will still be making efforts to help interested individuals submit Medicaid applications.