RALEIGH— Monday is the last day to sign up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act for anyone that wants health insurance coverage by Jan. 1.
People will also have to pay their first month's premium by Dec. 31.
With one phone call after another, Enroll America volunteers spent last week reaching out to North Carolinians to remind everyone about the benefits of the new health insurance coverage options and urging them to get them signed up on the health insurance marketplace by Monday's deadline so they can get coverage beginning in 2014.
"Folks have been waiting years and sometimes decades for this kind of coverage, so we're just telling them that we're in the final push right now,” said Enroll America regional organizer Aaron White.
The website where people need to sign up, Healthcare.gov had technical issues after launching on Oct. 1 but federal leaders took action to fix those.
White House officials say Affordable Care Act use already making a huge difference in the state.
"People all across the country, whether they have insurance through their employer or not benefit from these protections, and that's why it's so important that the Affordable Care Act stay in place,” said White House deputy press secretary Josh Earnest.
Anyone that does not mind having an insurance plan start after the new year can enroll anytime through March 31 when open enrollment ends and penalties for the uninsured kick in.
During the rest of open enrollment, if people enroll between the 1st and 15th day of the month in January, February and March and pay their premium, coverage begins the first day of the next month.
According to a report released last week:
• Up to 4.1 million people will not get denied coverage due to their health history
• More than 1.3 million uninsured people will have new health insurance options
• 95,000 young adults have gained health insurance