Health insurance deadline looming

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Hundreds packed the main entrance lobby of Eskenazi Hospital in downtown Indianapolis Saturday from 8 am to 5 pm as people came to register for government subsidized health insurance ahead of Monday's deadline.

That includes Margarita Merito, who went through the 30 minute process with a health care navigator.

She's been without insurance since October of last year.

"It's really bad when you don't have insurance and you really need it in case of anything that might happen. I have a messed up back and knee and I need insurance to help me out," Merito said.

She has eight prescriptions and has to visit the doctor for her knee and back costing her around $300 a month.

"It's not easy to get all of that done without any money in my pocket or insurance," Merito said.

She's now enrolled in coverage that starts May 1st for those who meet the deadline.

You can sign up on the government website, or see a navigator for help.

"The premiums really vary depending on the customer and depending on what kind of tax credits they are eligible for," said Melissa Masterson with Eskenazi Health.

Be prepared to answer questions about your identity, income, family, and health. That determines the ultimate price you'll pay.

"There are two providers here in the Marion County area and those are Anthem and Medwise and depending on which provider you choose, there are multiple plans," Masterson said.

But just having one plan makes Margarita happy.

"It feels great. I'm reassured that I have my insurance. I'm not scared," Merito said.

Eskenazi will offer another opportunity during normal business hours on Monday from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm to sign up for the plans.

You must sign up by 11:59 pm Monday.

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