Today, March 31, 2014, is the deadline for open enrollment signups at healthcare.gov. Anyone looking to sign up for insurance under the Affordable Care Act will have to do so before 11:59 pm this evening. This deadline is the latest of many attempts to get open enrollment completed for Obamacare. Politicians have taken to Twitter to either give healthcare.gov some last minute positive PR or express their disdain with the program.
OnPolitics, a USAToday subsidiary, has been following the activity so far today. It is pretty easy too see how opinions have been skewed based on political party affiliation. To make matters worse for Democratic supporters of the healthcare initiative, the healthcare.gov website has been down a few times over the last 24 hours as individuals try to get their enrollment completed before the deadline.
Moving away from the politics of this program, it is important to focus on the issue of individuals getting signed up for coverage. Specific groups who have more complicated enrollment situations will need to make sure that they have everything in order and completed by the deadline. Some specific situations that have complicated this process include those using home health care and those who have special needs. It is very likely that there will be an extension of the enrollment deadline for those with specific needs.
The Obamacare initiative has been hit with everything from technical setbacks to fierce political competition. Hopefully by the end of the enrollment period, those who need coverage will have completed the process and will be receiving the care they need. Until then, the political battle over the Affordable Care Act will likely be at the forefront of this issue. If you or any loved ones need to complete the enrollment process, make sure you do so by the end of the day on March 31, 2014.