Matthew Mendonsa is one of many people trying to get enrolled
ANCHORAGE - As the first deadline of Obamacare approaches, the administration is scrambling to get as many people signed up for health care coverage by the end of Tuesday.
Anchorage resident Matthew Mendonsa is one of many Alaskans trying to sign up last minute. After unsuccessfully trying at home, he decided to get help at the Anchorage Neighborhood Health Center. He hasn’t had health insurance for decades, he said, and his health is getting worse.
“Problems with knees, joints, health not that great, can’t work — high risk for stroke,” Mendonsa said.
Still, he’s been able to get by.
“Being without insurance, I’ve had to use other methods,” he said.
But now, because he’s unemployed, he has options for the first time. A plan on the marketplace will cost him nothing.
“Money is running out so how am I supposed to pay for insurance? So it’s nice to see that it’s more affordable than I though it was,” he said.
On Friday, President Obama said more than a million Americans had signed up for plans through state and federal marketplaces.
Here in Alaska, people must go through the HealthCare.gov website, where you can choose plans with Premera and Moda Health.
Navigators at ANHC said the smoother website is making the process easier.
“Wait time between pages were less — load times were faster, glitches that we had noticed in confirming identity in specific pieces of the application process had gotten much better,” said Jon Zasada, marketing and development director with Anchorage Neighborhood Heath Center.