Affordable Act Care: Still a slow go for Obamacare

Some have registered; many more waiting

Outside the Your Plate resource center on Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce, there is a chalkboard sign announcing that there is Health Care Navigator help inside. 

 

Sandra Iglesias says people were waiting in line for her the first day she went out to Indiantown and Okeechobee.

 

"People really need one kind of insurance, one kind of help," said Iglesias.

 

But Iglesias, and fellow health navigator Cynthia Perry have only been able to schedule appointments because they still need to get their licenses.

 

"I know when this information gets out, we're going to have down the road lines of people trying to get in," said Perry.

 

Both women took part in a meeting in Palm Beach County Monday where they hoped to finish up all of their training.

 

The Treasure Coast Community Health Council based in Indian River County says they have had some luck in getting people registered on the new federal exchange, but added the healthcare.gov web site is still very sluggish.

 

"We were hoping that there would be less technical glitches at this point, we're working through them as best we can," said Krista Garofalo with the Treasure Coast Food Bank, the organization behind Your Plate.

 

While it was easy to set up a new account today on healthcare.gov, it was impossible to get on the exchanges.

 

For people like Stacy Malinowski at the Mustard Seed Ministries, the key is not to get frustrated, but to make sure the right information gets out.

 

"What we have is this wonderful plan that we've put out there that is a little confusing. We're all here to make sure that it doesn't become confusing to you," said Malinowski.

 

Mustard Seed Ministries has one of the three health navigators serving St. Lucie County.  For more information, call 772-465-6021 x204.

 

If you live in Indian River County, 11 Certified Application Counselors can also answer your questions. To find out where they are on a daily basis, call Treasure Coast Community Health at 772-646-6408.

 

In Martin County, a navigator will be staffed at the Whole Child Connection office on Salerno Road in Stuart.

 

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