SPOKANE, Wash. -- People trying to sign up for health insurance were running into trouble on the phone and online in Washington state Monday.
People getting help in person were able to get coverage in time for Monday’s deadline at midnight.
Diane Lair moved to Washington a year ago and she did not have health insurance. She went into the CHAS clinic to sign up for coverage and learned about her options just in time.
“This is going to allow me to have my dental work done, which I really need done, and my vision done and without having to worry. I need hand surgery. Really couldn’t afford that,” said Lair.
Most people were using the web or the phone to sign up for coverage. Staff with Better Health Together worked to get people through the process but they know some people would rather just take the fine.
“It might be cheaper but you’re not covered and that’s what it’s about,” said Curt Fackler with Better Health Together.
Those trying to sign up in other ways may not finish in time for the deadline.
Washington Health Benefit Exchange leaders said they would review each case. If they see that someone made a serious attempt to sign up by Monday’s deadline, they will work with them to get them enrolled.