WASHINGTON, D.C. — With Monday marking the deadline to enroll for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, the director of the White House Office of Management and Budget urged West Virginians to sign up.

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Hinton native Sylvia Matthews Burwell believes ACA will help West Virginians.

“There are number of issues in our state and people having the kind of health care that they need and deserve, I think, is going to make a big difference to the health and the happiness and productivity overall in the state,” said West Virginia native Sylvia Matthews Burwell.

As of two weeks ago, the estimated number of West Virginians who had selected an insurance plan ranged from 7,962 to 10,000. The targeted enrollment was more than 30,000.

A study from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation study released last October projected 159,000 West Virginians would be eligible for insurance through the state’s Medicaid expansion with another 60,000 state residents eligible for tax subsidies to help buy insurance on the exchange.

For those who miss the March 31 deadline, the next sign-up period will come in November. Burwell and other Obama administration officials are urging residents to meet the current deadline.

“What’s important now is going to the website or starting the phone call,” Burwell said. “Even if you can’t get all of the decisions made and everything tied up. If you can get that process started that can help you get over the line and get it finished.”

As for those who may be underemployed, Burwell said there are subsidies to help pay the monthly insurance fees. For more information log on to healthcare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

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  • Gary K.

    Great news: 9.5-million uninsured people now are covered by the ACA.(reference Washington Post and ABC News) Pay attention! Guess what? For first time since Affordable Care Act was even passed A MAJORITY I REPEAT A MAJORITY OF AMERICANS APPROVE OF ACA.(49%). Guess all that republican bluster isn't sticking to the wall. BOOM

    • Brian

      Since when, I repeat, since when is 49% a majority. Must be using Obama pollster math. Boom!

  • peleliu

    Any one have a better solution for those who can't or could not get health insurance? If so, what? It works in Mass. where a republican, Romney set it up.

    • Shawn H

      Yes, allow insurance to be sold across state lines. Competition brings prices down. It's simple economics.

    • Meltzen

      There has been several solutions put on the table but they all have the same problems - not enough gov intrusion in our lives thus they were thrown out. Most republicans and democrats want the same thing power and control. They just go about it differently to manuplate the public in thinking we have a two part system. There are some good democrats and republicans who stand for the constitution but there voices are being silent from the majority who want more gov control.

      If you could buy across state lines would help reduce the cost. In this bill no where does it help reduce the cost of healthcare. Healthcare will continue to increase under this law and we will be far off in worst shape than before.

    • Aaron

      I favored the Singapore plan. Whole Foods had a version. I believe that would provide coverage at far less the cost than what the ACA will end up costing.

  • fed up

    How many of those "sign ups" are people who actually lost their insurance plan due to the ACA? Who is going to pay for all the additional Medicaid people when the federal government quits sending WV subsidies to pay for it? The state is already in trouble with it's budget and how are we gonna pay for it???

    • Gary K.

      IF YOU CAN USE A COMPUTER YOU CAN ENROLL. QUIT LISTENING TO FOXNEWS. I'M WAITING TO SEE MODERATION BY DEREK.

      • Meltzen

        I see you never even bothered to actually read what he wrote or answered anything

        • fed up

          actually some of us have to work for a living, and besides, his reply had nothing to do with my post.....he never actually read my post..

  • Derek

    Sylvia is a crackhead to.

  • Tim C

    A disaster for West Virginia.....and the country. The Dems have sold us all down the river.

  • Aaron

    "...with another 60,000 state residents eligible for tax subsidies to help buy insurance on the exchange."

    The problem isn't so much that we're providing insurance, it is that the law has been changed, not by Congress but by an executive order that denies critical funding for the insurance.

    First, the mandate on businesses was delayed, then the mandate on individuals was delayed which means taxpayers are now footing the bill for the insurance.

    The only thing worse than how poorly of a bill this really is, is how poorly it's implementation has been handled.

    • Aaron

      I don't need Fox news Gary and I'm not sure I can dumb myself down enough to reason with someone who cannot even turn off their cap-locks to post.

    • Gary K.

      WOULD PLEASE QUIT LISTENING TO FOX NEWS THEY ARE NOT CREDIBLE SOURCE OF INFORMATION. BY THE WAY IF IT'S SO BAD WHY HAVE 6-MILLION PLUS SIGNED UP SO FAR. THE ORIGINAL TARGET WAS 7 MILLION BY MARCH 31,2014. LOOKS LIKE THEY HAVE A CHANCE AT IT STILL IN SPITE OF ALL THE BS OUT THERE. I WILL REPEAT: FOX NEWS IS NOT A CREDIBLE SOURCE FOR INFORMATION. TRY GOING TO THE WEBSITE FOR CORRECT INFO.

      • Meltzen

        Gary oh Gary so naive. 6 million that's not even close to actually numbers. Only 20% of that total is from people who didn't have insurance so majority of the number you suggest are from people who lost their insurance due to this law. I have not had insurance for 15 or so years I've been to the doc one time and guess what I paid for it out of pocket. Now I'm being forced to pay preuims or force to pay a fine.

        • Gary K.

          And how do you know this? There will come a day when you need it. Quit whining about having to pay for insurance. You have to pay for car insurance. You don't have to buy it, but you cannot drive if you don't.

          • Meltzen

            The 20% number came from people (6million) who have not paid for anything.

          • Meltzen

            Actually I was wrong w my numbers thus far this bill has helped insure 1.7% of those who weren't insured before.

          • Meltzen

            Nobody is whining but I can think of better ways to spend my money. If I don't drive then I don't pay insurance. It's my decision to drive or not - by your logic then I can not live unless I have insurance?

      • Gary K.

        IF YOU BOTHERED TO PICKUP ABOOKLET ON PRESIDENTIAL POWERS. YOU WILL FIND OUT THAT HE DOES HAVE THAT POWER TO ACCOMODATE THE PEOPLE TO MAKE THINGS EASIER FOR US

        • Chuck

          WHY ARE YOU SCREAMING?

        • Todd

          Gary, you're not a credible source of info either. By the way, turn your caps lock off, it makes look really stupid.

          • Shawn H

            Actually, his comments make him look stupid