Sabotaged by Donald Trump, the shortened, poorly-advertised open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act is still going to be a success. That's thanks to the career folks at the Department of Health and Human Services who have been determined not to see all the hard work of the last several years come to naught. But it's also thanks to volunteers all over the country working around the clock to get the word out and help.
One of those people working what seem to be endless hours is Elizabeth Colvin. She runs a program in Austin, Texas that enrolls people in the Affordable Care Act. Her group of volunteers are just some of the many who are working overtime in person, over the phone and online.
According to new statistics, 2.8 million Americans have enrolled so far this year compared to 2.1 million this time last year. That's an increase of 33 percent.
Colvin stated she believes the number would be even higher if not for widespread confusion.
"They don't realize that the Affordable Care Act is still the law. They don't realize financial help is available," she said.
Volunteers are making sure that that word is getting out. There's still time—10 days, in fact. You can help.
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