Glitches To ACA Website Cause Problems For Oklahomans On Deadline Day

Monday, March 31st 2014, 10:46 pm
By: News On 6

In Oklahoma, 33,000 people have enrolled under the Affordable Care Act, but estimates put the number of uninsured in Oklahoma at almost 700,000.

The deadline to sign us is midnight on Monday, but website glitches and delays are stopping those still trying to log on.

The alert people were getting, "You may be queued to begin your application during times of high demand."

More than a million people tried to get on on Monday, hundreds of them in Tulsa.

3/31/2014 Related Story: Oklahomans Rush To Sign Up As ACA Deadline Looms

Retired Tulsa teacher Ingrid Armstrong wasn't shopping for herself, she was researching plans for her uninsured daughter, but she ended up finding a better plan for herself and her daughter.

"Until I was showed, I had no idea," Armstrong said.

The plan she found saves her $150 a month. Those savings can buy her daughter insurance.

"So it'll give me a little bit of peace of mind," Armstrong said.

Navigator Donna Orban finds affordable health coverage for people like Armstrong.

"She can get a great marketplace plan for under $100 a month. Much more comprehensive coverage saving her over $150 a month. She was ecstatic," Orban said.

She's been doing this since day one of the Affordable Care Act. On the day of the enrollment deadline, glitches meant she could advise, but not enroll.

"It is what it is," Orban said. "We'll get it done."

Armstrong and her daughter were not enrolled, but have until the extended deadline, April 15th, to complete the process.

"Yeah, I'm real happy. I'm surprised. I'm shocked," Armstrong said.

You can still begin the enrollment process by putting your email address in. If you do that you have until April 15th to finish your enrollment.

There are penalties if you have the means to get insurance but don't.