Non-Profit Helps Arkansans Enroll for ACA

Published 03/29 2014 08:33PM

Updated 03/29 2014 10:43PM

Little Rock, AR -- The deadline to enroll into a health plan under the Affordable Care Act is fast approaching. Monday, March 31st, is the last day for the uninsured to start the enrollment process.

On Saturday, Future Builders, a non-profit organization helped answer several questions for Arkansans about the Affordable Care Act.

"They're not getting proper healthcare and they end up going to the emergency room and the hospital has to bare that cost," Leonard Stern said.

Stern, an "in-person assister" with the non profit Future Builders, was at Laman Library in North Little Rock assisting those who needed it.

"If you don't have insurance, you'll have to pay a fine," Stern says, "which is $95.00 or one percent of your income, whichever is greater."

Stern will be at the library again on Monday from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm helping those enroll until the deadline later that day.

So far, only 34,000 Arkansans have signed up for insurance under the Federal Exchanges. Earlier this week, The Obama Administration extended the deadline to complete your sign-up, likely into May. An estimated 200,000 uninsured Arkansans are eligible but haven't signed up

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