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Locals flock to healthcare website seeking last minute coverage

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) - Millions of people have been flocking to the federal website, only to be greeted with some problems as the deadline drew closer to be covered through the U.S. Government's Affordable Car Act.

Betty Coonrod with the Adams County Health Department tells WGEM they were flooded with last minute applicants all day Monday. But with some major website glitches on deadline day, those procrastinators still may not make the deadline.

"As its getting closer to the deadline in March, there's been a lot of traffic and that has slowed the website down some," Coonrod said.
   
Coonrod says the health department has been busy all day with last minute appointments.

Tom Henrick was one of them.
   
"I investigated online and it seemed a little more confusing than I thought so I wanted to get some professional help, so I didn't make an error and delay the process," Henrick said.
   
Henrick is recently retired and suffers from diabetes. That's why he says getting healthcare coverage was a must, despite the online glitches.
   
"I have a chronic illness that would be very expensive if I had to pay everything out of pocket. So, I need coverage," Henrick said.
   
While Henrick got signed up by Monday night's deadline, Coonrod says many people won't have the same luck, as She expects the healthcare website to continue to be bogged down with traffic.

"After today, when you get on the healthcare.gov website and want to create an account or continue an application you'd already started, there will be a box to check stating that you have had difficulties," Coonrod said.

If you've been trying to get logged on to get coverage and can't, the White House is offering those people a special extension until mid-April to get that done.

You can still sign up before the deadline at www.healthcare.gov or you can call 1-800-318-2596.

Illinois has its own exchange at www.getcoveredillinois.gov

If you don't make the deadline, or don't sign up for coverage, you face a $95 fine or one percent of your income, whichever amount is greater.
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