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Sebelius encouraging Affordable Care enrollment

In this Feb. 2, 2017, photo, Nick Jurgens, stands behind the counter amongst collectibles he keeps in his computer repair store in Beatrice, Neb. When six people went to prison for the 1985 rape and murder of a 68-year-old Nebraska woman, county officials figured they had put the gruesome high-profile case behind them. But after DNA evidence exonerated all six of the accused in 2008, the rural farming county just south of Lincoln found itself facing a new problem - a $28 million federal judgment that could force officials to file for bankruptcy. "I just hate the thought of them holding the citizens accountable for that money," said Jurgens. "It wasn't really any of our faults. But where else can you pull the money from? It's not like you can have a bake sale." (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

March 31 is the deadline. Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius was in Arizona to encourage people to sign up for Affordable Care.

“A lot of people think health insurance might not be affordable,” Sebelius said. “And what we’re asking people to do is check it out.”

A 27-year-old for example, earning $25,000, can find a plan for a little as $123 a month, she said.

“My guess is she won’t be able to find a cell phone bill for that, or a cable package for that,” she said. “But she can get full comprehensive coverage if it’s not provided in her worksite.”

If the deadline is missed, those interested in enrolling will have to wait to the end of the year, and coverage won’t begin until 2015.

“In Arizona, nearly 950,000,000 people throughout the state are uninsured and eligible for new coverage,” she said.


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