The Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period runs through January.
Those needing help can get free assistance from trained navigators.
Sharon Brown serves as one for the Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership.
She says people signing up through them have doubts about the healthcare law.
“The biggest question I get is why should I have to do this, we’re going to have a new president in two weeks,” Brown tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate WNAX. “They all think it’s not going to be around anymore once either Hillary or Trump get in there. They think it’s just going to vanish and disappear, it’s not going to be there. I keep telling them, no, it’s going to be there.”
Brown says those who use Blue Cross Blue Shield and United Healthcare will need more help, since neither provider is continuing in the federal marketplace in Nebraska.
Rising costs are another factor.
“Premiums did increase quite a bit this year in our area, so a lot of people are just electing to go with the fine rather than pay for the premiums,” Brown says. “That’s their choice. I can’t make them take anything, but I tell them, I wouldn’t be without it.”
Central Nebraska Community Action Partnership covers 21 counties in north central and central Nebraska.
Jerry Oster, WNAX, contributed to this story.