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Final day push for health insurance signups

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 31, 2014 9:56 AM

(Harrisburg) -- The deadline's just hours away to sign up for insurance during the first year of enrollment under President Obama's signature health care law.

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Advocates in Pennsylvania are pushing to get as many people as possible to sign up under the Affordable Care Act.

Antoinette Kraus of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network says she's expecting a few hundred people at an outreach event in north Philadelphia.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says nearly 160,000 Pennsylvanians had signed up for coverage through the federally run insurance marketplace through the end of February. The Obama administration initially had hoped that it'd get 206,000 signups in Pennsylvania through the end of March.

Federal officials are unable to say how many of those who signed up were previously uninsured.

Enrollment began October 1st.

witf's Transforming Health project has put together a step-by-step guide to help you assess your healthcare needs before shopping. The Getting Covered online tool simplifies how insurance works and how much it costs.

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