With less than two weeks left to sign up for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act, the group leading the national enrollment effort is canvassing Ohio, reaching out to throngs of uninsured residents with a simple message: If you think you can’t afford health insurance, think again.
“A lot of people have gotten financial assistance to pay for their plans, but that’s something we know a lot of people aren’t aware of,” said Anne Filipic, president of Enroll America, a Washington, D. C.-based nonprofit with ties to the Obama administration. “A lot of people are hesitant to sign up for health insurance because they think they can’t afford it.”
Mayor Nan Whaley, who helped Filipic kick off the Dayton leg of Enroll America’s “Get Covered” bus tour on Tuesday, said she thinks an increasing number of the 42,000 Montgomery County residents eligible for coverage under the health care law are “beginning to pay attention.”
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