Last day to sign up for health insurance

Posted By: Camila Orti

Insurance providers and community groups are seeing a surge as people rush to get signed up for health care. The federal deadline is midnight March 31.

More than 6 million Americans have enrolled and it looks like that number may reach 7 million, but it hasn't been easy. The government's health care website has had technical problems and delays all day Monday.

So far, more than 25,000 Nebraskans have picked a plan, others are scrambling to get it done.

“On some of the busy days I had 15 to 20 voicemails a day,” Navigator Cindy Balliet said.

Balliet works for Community Action. She says they've been completely booked for the last month, and with only one full–time navigator, keeping up with last-minute demand has been tough.

Technical problems put an additional wrench in the system as the federal website struggled to keep up with traffic.

“All we were able to do was create accounts and that's it, we couldn't log on or anything at that point so, that's frustrating,” Balliet said.

If you tried enrolling, you might've been redirected to a “waiting room” screen. Officials say the site was down for four hours this morning.

If you couldn't' finish the process, don't panic. Balliet says as long as you're “in line,” you shouldn't be penalized for missing the deadline.

“At least get something concrete that says 'I've attempted to enroll,'” Balliet said.

The penalty for not signing up is 1 percent of your annual income or $95, whichever is greater, added to next year's taxes.

You can also mail in your registration. Applications are due April 7.