JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- United States Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Jacksonville to campaign for the success of the federal health insurance marketplace website.
Sebelius will be at the Bob Hayes Sports Complex Legends Center to talk about uninsured people getting personal help to learn to use the
website. The website launched on Oct. 1 to a litany of problems, including people being unable access it to being able to choose an insurance plan.
However, the Orlando Sentinel reports Sebelius said 1 in 8 people signing up for the website are from Florida, by far the most in the country. Yet U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL) said the enrollment numbers are still well below the number of uninsured and that the program isn't working.
"I would say healthcare.gov is a vastly different experience, it takes an average of about thirty minutes for someone to go through from start to finish," Sebelius said. "The learns side of the site where you can go on and do anonymous shopping and see all of the plans and see what you're eligible for is now built and robust so now anybody who tried the experience at the front end we are urging to come back."
You have until March 31st to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act or face a penalty. Health navigators will be in the River City this weekend to help choose the best plan for you. They are holding an event from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday at the Bob Hayes Legends Center.