Mid-Michigan sees increase in health insurance enrollment - ABC 12 – WJRT – Flint, MI

Mid-Michigan sees increase in health insurance enrollment

Posted: Updated:
FLINT (WJRT) -

(03/10/14) - In just three weeks, the government's deadline for having health insurance will arrive.

Millions have signed up, but millions more need to enroll.

Various health agencies say people are asking for help. Flint-based Hamilton Community Health Network says Saturday assistance programs are a success.

"Last Saturday, we enrolled 91 people. They signed up. We educated 101. The Saturday before that we had 138 enrollees and 200 educated," said Clarence Pierce, Hamilton Community Health Network CEO.

As March 31 approaches, the number of people signing up for the Affordable Health Care Act is building. The Gallup organization reports the percentage of Americans without health insurance continues to fall, measuring 15.9 percent so far in 2014, compared to 17.1 percent in the fourth quarter of 2013.

"We are very pleased with the way things are going with the sign ups," Pierce said.

Many of the people enrolling in Mid-Michigan are the working poor, those whose employers don't provide health insurance. At the Bay and Saginaw Health Plans, they are conducting education and enrollment sessions with 15 people each hour, Monday through Friday.

Many find the government Website confusing.

"Most people really don't understand this whole process of signing up. What we do is we try to educate," Pierce said.

The Obama administration has said in order for ACA to work as planned, a large number of healthy young people would have to enroll. In the Flint area, that hasn't been happening.

"Not as much as we would like. We are trying to make sure we get the information out to more young people, particularly college students," Pierce said.

The Obama administration is employing the financial carrot-and-stick approach to encourage people to fill out the forms.

"There is a penalty that the government imposes on those people who not sign up," Pierce said.

For more information on Hamilton Community Health Network, click here.

For more information on the Genesee Health Plan, click here.

For more information on the Saginaw Health Plan, click here.

For more information on the Bay Health Plan, click here.

To find help in your area, click here and here.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Motorcyclist dies after police chase in Flint

    Motorcyclist dies after police chase in Flint

    Friday, August 22 2014 5:46 PM EDT2014-08-22 21:46:45 GMT
    The Lapeer man was hospitalized after the Thursday night crash, but died early Friday morning.
    The Lapeer man was hospitalized after the Thursday night crash, but died early Friday morning.
  • Parade vehicle crashes on way to Metamora Days parade, one dead, several others injured

    Parade vehicle crashes on way to Metamora Days parade, one dead, several others injured

    Parade vehicle crashes on way to Metamora Days parade, one dead, several others injured

    Saturday, August 23 2014 2:35 PM EDT2014-08-23 18:35:30 GMT
    (08/23/14) - ABC12 is following breaking news out of Lapeer County. A parade float carrying veterans andtwo children crashed into another car onTurrill and Clark Roads in Lapeer TownshipSaturday morning. The float was on its way to the Metamora Days Parade that started at 11:00 a.m. The Lapeer Township Police Department says an elderly woman driving the car turned in front of the float. The woman died at the scene. She was 80 years old. Her name has not been released. Several ambulance...
    (08/23/14) - ABC12 is following breaking news out of Lapeer County. A parade float carrying veterans andtwo children crashed into another car onTurrill and Clark Roads in Lapeer TownshipSaturday morning. The float was on its way to the Metamora Days Parade that started at 11:00 a.m. The Lapeer Township Police Department says an elderly woman driving the car turned in front of the float. The woman died at the scene. She was 80 years old. Her name has not been released. Several ambulance...
  • Tapology Performance To Take Place At Flint Local

    Tapology Performance To Take Place At Flint Local

    Saturday, August 23 2014 8:46 AM EDT2014-08-23 12:46:17 GMT
    (08/23/14)It's called Tapology-- the science of dance-- art and rhythm. This evening artist will be showing off their skills for your viewing pleasure. They'll perform for the show "Tap-In"-- at the Flint Local 432 on First Street-- from 7 PM Saturday Night until 11. ABC12’s Candace Burns sat down Saturday morning to talk more about the event with Ali Bradley and Cartier Williams.
    (08/23/14)It's called Tapology-- the science of dance-- art and rhythm. This evening artist will be showing off their skills for your viewing pleasure. They'll perform for the show "Tap-In"-- at the Flint Local 432 on First Street-- from 7 PM Saturday Night until 11. ABC12’s Candace Burns sat down Saturday morning to talk more about the event with Ali Bradley and Cartier Williams.
Powered by WorldNow

abc12.com

ABC12 Main Station
810-233-3130

Mailing Address:
2302 Lapeer Road
Flint, Michigan 48503

Powered by 

WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WJRT. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.