'Get Covered America' helps Mid-South residents sign up for healthcare

'Get Covered America' helps Mid-South residents sign up for healthcare

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - With the Affordable Heath Care Plan deadline just hours away, hundreds of people are rushing to make sure they get covered in time.

On Saturday, "Get Covered America" helped applicants sign up for coverage at the Hickory Hill Community Center.

"Everyone thinks you know 'I don't need insurance' until that emergency happens, but when that emergency happens you are going to be glad you got covered," said volunteer Kyle Kordsmeier.

The goal of the plan is to provide affordable insurance to Americans making at least $11,600 a year.

"A lot of the plans are really affordable," added Kordsmeier. "Four out of five Tennesseans actually got help paying for their plans, so I think the average in the state of Tennessee was $78 a month for individuals."

Not signing up could cost you more — eligible individuals who pass on coverage could be forced to fork out as much as $325 in penalties.

Volunteers say that in 2014, 25,000 people signed up for insurance in Shelby County, and a similar number is expected in 2015.

A poll by the Kaiser Family Foundation suggests only 36 percent of Americans have a favorable view of President Barack Obama's healthcare law, but applicants say it's helping them get insured.

"Very important, God have blessed me and I have lived my life and I thank God for it every day and I'm a senior citizen and I am proud of it," said one applicant.

Another sign-up event will be held at West Frayser Baptist Church on Whitney Road on Sunday, from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m.

For more information, visit HealthCare.gov.

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