Countdown: Healthcare enrollment final hours

The enrollment deadline for signing up on America's health insurance marketplace is Monday night.

Hundreds in Jacksonville were trying to get in under the deadline today at Gateway Town Center and avoid the penalty for not having health insurance.

More than 200 people showed up before noon to the Norwood Avenue shopping center to begin the process of getting health insurance and signup event. The event was hosted by Congresswoman Corrine Brown.

"There were five people what were here that stayed all night, so it is just wonderful. People are getting the message," Brown said.

Healthcare navigators were helping people signup, a process that could take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour.

Sharice Brown is one of those who came to signup and was pleased with the process.

" I mean you need health insurance , and it is just something you need. I am excited about it. Happy you came today? I am happy ha ha. You have health insurance. I have health insurance whoo whoo. "

"Oh very important, I retired from the hospital and I know what is going on," Catherine Hillman.

Enroll America regional organization leader Tony Penna say 250 were signed up at a similar event on Saturday , more than that expected on this day.

"We are hearing good things, people have enrolled for insurance, people who have never had insurance before, or people who have not been able to get insurance because of a pre-existing condition or because they couldn't afford it, they are getting insurance and they are leaving happy," Penna said.

Congresswoman Brown hopes up to 100,000 people will have signed up in Jacksonville when the deadline comes at midnight Monday.

"Everybody that is telling you not to signup, they have health care. Not one single person telling you not to signup, they all have insurance. Whether you have insurance or not is the difference between life and death, or being financially devastated. So it is so important to have insurance," Brown said.

A final signup event will be held tomorrow at Jax Total Care Medical Center at 1126 University Blvd. North.

Healthcare navigators will be there to help people signup from 7 a.m. until midnight.


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