Health Care Enrollment Numbers Picking Up Locally

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STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- So far no states have reported coming close to their targets for health care enrollment; however, enrollment numbers have been higher over the past two weeks, once a lot of the technology glitches slowed, according to local counselors.

They said as the website continues to become easier to use, the number of people enrolling is predicted to increase.

Ben Wood, an application counselor at the Valley Community Services Board in Staunton, said enrollment numbers at the local office have gone from one or two people a week, to six or seven.

The majority of these people are early to middle aged adults and he has not seen many younger people signing up.

Wood said one problem locally is that Virginia hasn't decided whether to expand Medicaid coverage and because of that, some people only qualify for a plan they cannot afford.

"There is a gap between people that do not qualify for Medicaid and also don't qualify for the subsidies that make the Affordable Care Act affordable," said Wood.

Wood said about a quarter of the people he meets with fit this category.

That being said, in Virginia, a committee has been formed to further examine whether they want to expand Medicaid in the future.

The earliest this would happen is summer, according to Wood.


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