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The Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline looms
Officials are  pushing for more sign-ups before Jan. 31st
by WKSU's KEVIN NIEDERMIER


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Kevin Niedermier
 
At the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland today, (L-R) U.S. Health and Human Services official Kathleen Falk, Cuyahoga County Executive Armond Budish and Congresswoman Marcia Fudge discuss the upcoming Affordable Care Act enrollment deadline.
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Federal and local officials are urging anyone without health insurance to see if they qualify for coverage through the Affordable Care Act before the enrollment deadline Jan. 31st. They made their case today at the Free Medical Clinic of Greater Cleveland. WKSU’s Kevin Niedermier reports.

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Cleveland Congresswoman Marcia Fudge says early last year, nearly 600,000 Ohioans were receiving health care through expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act and a program for children of parents with too much income to qualify but not enough to afford private insurance. And she says the numbers are growing.

“And an additional 226,000 Ohioans have signed up for the ACA through Healthcare.gov as of Jan. 9th, 2016. These are big numbers, it’s making an impact. And even though these numbers seem high, they’re not high enough, there are still those in our community without health care.” 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says most of the remaining uninsured are people between 18 and 34, and most of them are men. An estimated 18 million Americans now have health coverage through the Affordable Care Act.                                                                 

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