WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) — Karen Patterson of Niles can tell people about the importance of health insurance.
She passed out in December and had to be carried into an emergency room. With no health insurance, she is still paying the bill.
Patterson realized the importance of signing up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act and got the help she needed.
“My expectations were I wasn’t going to get anywhere, get through this doorway. Don’t have health insurance, no large income. You can get in as long as you qualify,” Patterson said Wednesday during a signup session at Trumbull Memorial Hospital.
This is the sixth month for health insurance signups, but the enrollment is about to end. For people who are uninsured, they need to sign up by March 31.
Bill March was among those registering Wednesday night. He said he heard through the grapevine the costs would be a lot higher next year, so he decided to sign up.
That deadline is pushing people to sign up and ValleyCare Health System is helping. It’s providing information to clear up any misconceptions and is even helping people sign up.
Registration is free and it can be done in person or on the phone.
“Everyone needs coverage. If you don’t have health care insurance, you need to come get the health care coverage,” said Hollis Mullens, patient access manager for ValleyCare.
Valley Care is hosting another free signup session from 4 to 7 p.m. March 25 at Northside Medical Center.