CAPE CORAL, Fla.- The deadline to get health insurance through the federal government's Marketplace is approaching. Navigators and insurance counselors were at Cape Coral Hospital today to assist the uninsured in signing up for health insurance.
70 people made appointments to meet with healthcare navigators today, filling up every available spot.
Frank Wootten was one of them. He was signing up his wife Roza so she will finally have health insurance.
He says, "it's a little lengthy but they're doing the right thing and it's for Roza, she'll be set up. It was difficult to find out the exact information but now I'm here I feel confident in the work."
Navigators project director Lynne Thorpe says after all the controversy surrounding the health care law, people are still filling up spots to get some guidence. She says, "we can help you go through the plans so you understand the network of providers, we explain your copay, coinsurance, all these new terms some people are unfamiliar with. I don't really hear a lot of misconceptions anymore. People know what they're coming in for, word of mouth has been incredible, people are really happy and excited to have affordable health insurance."
She says Lee Memorial Health System hospitals and providers are participating in all of the healthcare.gov plans.
New government numbers just released show Florida could meet White House enrollment projections. More than 442,000 Floridians have signed up since October. The goal in the Sunshine State is 477,000. Nationwide, enrollment is at about 4.2 million, still shy of the 6 million goal.
To find out about in-person assistance with enrollment, call 1-866-547-2793. You can visit http://www.hpcswf.com/navigator-project/ for more information as well.