VIDEO: Hubert Worthen, a marketplace guide, talks about deadline day enrollments at St. Francis Hospital.Dozens made the trip to St. Francis Hospital in Wilmington to sign up for last-minute healthcare coverage under the affordable care act on Monday.
WDEL's Tom Lehman reports.
Estella Miller, a 61-year-old Wilmington resident, was disappointed when she showed up at St. Francis Hospital to enroll in coverage because she encountered a problem with the healthcare exchange already seen before.
Miller, who works as a cashier at Sears, was initially unable to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act because high levels of web traffic kept her from signing up at Healthcare.gov.
Still, she was determined to sign up and avoid the federal income tax penalty levied on those who didn't enroll before midnight.
"I think it's very important, I tried before and and it was down then so I'm going to stick with it until something happens," Miller said.
Hubert Worthen, a healthcare marketplace guide who works for Brandywine Women's Health Associates, said dozens of people stopped by the St. Francis location for assistance in signing up for an insurance plan.
"We had people who are self-employed, people who just lost their job and even some young ones, those 'young invincibles,'" Worthen said.
Patrice Hudnell of Claymont got to the hospital in the afternoon, well before the midnight deadline.
Hudnell, 38, recently lost her job as a teller with Garda and wasn't discouraged when technical issues with Healthcare.gov prevented her from immediately finding a plan.
"My mother made me come out today because I have healthcare issues and I'm on different types of medications so I decided to come in and get Obamacare," she said.
Anyone who began the process before midnight receives an extension until April 15 to finish their application.
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