More Nebraskans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act this year, compared to 2016.
Get America Covered, an advocacy group, pulled data from the first 19 days of open enrollment last year and the first 18 days this year. It shows a 49 percent increase between the two (18,148 compared to 27,093).
Eric Savaiano, coordinator for Enroll Nebraska, says it is a good thing people are signing up early.
“More and more people are hearing about it in the news. More people are getting their questions answered by local enrollment assisters, who can offer free assistance,” Savaiano tells Nebraska Radio Network. “We’re just excited to see more and more people getting out and doing what they need to do to get protection for their families.”
Open enrollment is shorter this year, with December 15th as the deadline to sign up for coverage.
Free assistance from certified program counselors is available by calling 211.
Savaiano says they are staying busy and there are few problems.
“There have been no reports of troubles with healthcare.gov. The application seems to be going very smoothly with our enrollment assisters and also with folks just signing up on their own,” he says. “That has been a little change from years past. Actually, things are much smoother.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:40]