JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Those trying to sign up for healthcare coverage on the national healthcare website are getting the help they need. Volunteers spent the day in Northwest Jacksonville helping people sign up online and help answer their questions.
The event is part of the "Get Covered America" campaign. The campaign is aimed at making sure everyone eligible signs up for health coverage by the March deadline.
For some people, being able to get health insurance has been a long time in coming. "I want to jump and knock my feet together and clap. I'm happy. I'm telling you
For Coombs, getting coverage was just too pricy. He says he is a carpenter and when business is slow, he could no longer afford health insurance.
"I had to turn to self-care instead of healthcare,"
Coombs isn't the only one who said coverage was just too expensive. Small business owners like Katrina Brown said signing up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will save her company about $100 a month.
"It enabled us to save money and enabled us to have employees have health insurance," Brown said.
The federal healthcare website, www.healthcare.gov, has been under fire since it's launch on Oct.1, 2013. Since then, millions have been unable to access it or had problems choosing a plan.
Despite the problems, Florida State Rep. Mia Jones said despite the problems, right now it’s about getting people signed up.
"When you've got people telling you 'Oh my God, I finally have insurance coverage' as they are walking out the door, you really realize the impact that it's having," Jones said.
Representative Jones said there will be several more enrollment events to help people sign up leading up to the March deadline.