Green Country residents get help signing up for health care coverage after March 31 deadline

TULSA, Okla. - Agencies across the region are urging people who started the process of signing up for Obamacare to see it through. The deadline to apply was Monday, but those who had already started the process have a two-week extension. 

Catherine Gibson of Owasso tried to sign-on in early March but found out she didn't qualify. After hearing a story on 2NEWS about Marketplace Monday, a free event for families, she reached out in desperation.

"I gave up. I was like, 'Fine me. I don't care," she said.

With the help of Marketplace Navigators like Donna Orban, she was able to qualify and sign-up. The process was completed the day after the deadline because of website problems. But Orban says because Gibson had already started the process she still had time.

"The deadline is up," says Orban. "But if you started the process, if you were what is considered in-line, you either created an account and couldn't get through."

Anyone who visited the website and entered their e-mail information can still apply.

Agencies like Morton Comprehensive Health Services say they have several people they will be contacting in the next two weeks to finish the process.

For more information about help that is available, contact 211 Oklahoma.

The next enrollment date for everyone else is Nov. 15, but if you lose your job or have a life-changing event, then you can sign-up anytime.

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