Health care guidance offered as deadline approaches

GOOSE CREEK, SC (WCSC) - Insurance enrollment numbers under the Affordable Care Act have hit another major milestone, 5 million people. The Department of Health and Human Services says this comes after a wave of people enrolled over the weekend.

But there are still those who remain without health insurance. As the March 31st deadline approaches, many have questions.

"Since I'm unemployed, I didn't know whether I would qualify," said Moncks Corner resident Jacqueline Segars.

Segars wasn't alone. She was one of dozens who came out to the Blue Cross Blue Shield RV in Goose Creek with concerns.

"Unfortunately, the state didn't take the expanded grant money so I don't qualify. But I'm not going to get penalized."

While it wasn't the answer she'd hoped for, it did clarify her uncertainty.

That's the reason representatives with Blue Cross Blue Shield decided to travel around SC, with an RV. Until March 31st, they will be making pit stops to answer questions about the Affordable Care Act and help people enroll.

"Most people are not familiar with insurance," said Blue Cross Blue Shield spokesman Adam Myrick. "They're buying insurance for the first time. So, many of them are learning the language. They're learning the terminology that's associated with owning a policy."

Myrick and his crew set up camp in the Walmart parking lot in Goose Creek Monday morning. They'll be there until Tuesday evening at 6 p.m.

Myrick says, if you need assistance, come by or call.

"If you're not enrolled by March 31st, then you face a federal tax penalty next year, equal to 1% of your income or $95," said Myrick.

The number to call is: (855)-382-2583

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