SPOKANE, Wash.--The open enrollment deadline for the Affordable Care Act is March 31. Local groups were trying to sign up young adults on Monday, some of the people the program was lacking.
Students on campus at Spokane Community College made up one of the target groups health care providers wanted to sign up.
Health care experts said adults between the ages of 18 and 30 that are healthy need to be in the system for it to work. They said the system needs to have healthy adults to pay for coverage to help cover the costs created by older patients.
“For any good insurance, you have to have all types of people and we need the young, the elderly,” said Bethany Phenix Osgood with United Healthcare.
The March 31 deadline comes as students prepare for graduation and traveling for Spring Break. Students admitted they could use the additional coverage.
Students could get free coverage. Insurance providers and local healthcare groups came to Spokane Community College to sign young adults up Monday.
In mid March almost half a million people had signed up for Medicaid or joined the Healthcare exchange in Washington State.