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Cville Coalition Remains Positive Despite Healthcare Enrollment Problems

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Enrollment in healthcare under President Obama's Affordable Health Care Act is plagued with problems – but one Charlottesville coalition says online enrollment delays offer a good reason to study healthcare options.

It is hard to believe there may be a silver lining in the website enrollment debacle, but the Greater Charlottesville Community Health Organization says it is helping people enroll. Jessi Ray, who coordinated  the Greater Charlottesville Community Health Coalition, offers assistance to individuals who want to enroll. 

“Something brand new like the Affordable Health Care Act is going to feel really overwhelming, and so we wanted to offer people a way to ask questions without going to a 1-800 number,” said Ray. 

The United Way - Thomas Jefferson Area is part of the coalition. Kim Connolly, who works for the United Way, says the website problems are a blessing in disguise.

“We think it's important that people educate themselves about the plans about the cost for each plan and do that first. You don't necessarily have to go on healthcare.gov and complete everything the first time,” said Connolly.

The coalition website helps people understand insurance and costs so individuals can choose quickly when they get through to the website.

“We do ask that people be patient, and in the meantime we can help them understand what their options are and get them in line to either apply online or submit that paper application so it feels like they've done something,” said Ray.

Ray says the deadline for most people to sign up is March 31, so people have plenty of time to learn about the options while the government works out the kinks in the system.

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