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For Obamacare to kick-in January 1st must enroll by midnight Christmas Eve

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MT. PLEASANT, SC (WCSC) -

Twenty-eight-year-old Lorcan Miller enrolled in Obamacare Monday.

"There have been times in my life where I didn't have health insurance coverage, and thank God that nothing crazy happened, but the older I get, the more I realize it's something you absolutely need in this day and age."

The Palmetto Project in Mt. Pleasant is one agency helping uninsured South Carolinians navigate healthcare.gov and work through the enrollment process.

"The opportunity to be able to connect people with consistent, primary, preventive and specialty care is a small miracle for us," says director of programs Shelli Quenga.

Quenga says Christmas Eve is just one deadline. She says there's still plenty of time for people to choose the best policy for their budget. Open enrollment continues through March 31st.

"What we encourage people to do though is start shopping now, start looking now, go ahead and set-up your account. You could even put in the information in your enrollment application."

Quenga encourages potential subscribers to take their time and compare deductibles, co-pays and out-of-pocket expenses.

"You can compare plans, apples to apples. So, you can choose up to three plans and look at them across a line and see deductible, deductible, deductible."

If you're planning to sign-up by midnight Tuesday and have questions, you can call the Palmetto Project's toll free number at 1-888-998-4646.

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