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Midnight deadline passes to sign up for Obamacare

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People across America and Florida spent Monday night trying to beat the midnight deadline to enroll for healthcare under the Affordable Care Act.

There was a line to sign up even at nine o'clock PM at a neighborhood center in Washington Shores in Orlando.
Lawton Garcia spent Monday night shopping for healthcare for his family of four.  He says volunteers helped him compare plans and prices. Garcia tells fox 35 News he did find a plan he can afford.

Jeannine Gage is with Get Covered America. Her team of navigators helped more than four hundred people Monday try to get healthcare at the Washington Shores sign up center.  Gage says people who tried to enroll Monday but could not through are still in luck.

She says, "If people tried to go onto HealthCare.gov or called the 800 number or sat down with a navigator or an assister and they have been unable to get through, they will be granted a two week extension."

The focus Monday night before the deadline was to get families to create accounts so they can get an enrollment extension.  Navigators spent Monday night making appointments so people can enroll during the next two weeks.
People scrambled before midnight to visit HealthCare.gov to create accounts, hoping to get that two week extension to enroll.   Others called the marketplace hotline at (800) 318-2596.  

Those who did not get through, left their phone numbers on the system, hoping a volunteer will call them back in the coming days to help them enroll for coverage.

If you missed the midnight deadline to enroll for the Affordable Care Act, the next open enrollment period begins on November 15, 2014.

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