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Website Suffering On Deadline Day For Healthcare

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(WLNS) - Monday marks the deadline for uninsured Americans to enroll in a health care plan on the state exchange.

The HealthCare.gov website has been suffering throughout the day due to thousands of people visiting the site, trying to meet the midnight sign up deadline.

As 6 News Joe Khalil reports insurace companies and local volunteers had their hands full helping last-minute enrollees.

After months of campaigning and pushing for people to enroll in a health care plan on the exchange the deadline is here.

And that push continues.

"We're out here talking to people about getting enrolled," said Joseph Bell-Gowan, one of about a dozen volunteers with Get Covered America who spent the day calling people who are likely uninsured.

The volunteers are making one last-minute effort to get people enrolled.

"I just spoke with a woman on the phone. Her husband died a couple years ago and she's still on his insurance. But she's interested in getting enrolled through the Affordable Care Act," said Bell-Gowan.

Volunteers will call more than 400 local numbers Monday night, but the real call volume is with health care providers themselves.

"Through healthcare.gov it's been a busy morning so much so that the site has been down for several hours," said Terry Burke, Blue Cross Blue Shield.

Burke says the company had more than 400 workers answering phones and there was still a short wait time.

"This is a very confusing time for consumers, so folks need help and guidance."

So far the count is more than 6 million people who've enrolled on the exchange.

Burke says if you're uninsured, it isn't too late to get coverage.

"Folks need to investigate and get themselves covered. It's available, it's out there."

And there are a number of venues across the state where you can go to get help enrolling in a health care plan if you haven't already. That list can be found here: Health Care Centers

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