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Triangle residents scramble to apply for Obamacare before deadline

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More than 70 people took a number at Martin Street Baptist Church to sign up for insurance before Monday's deadline. More than 70 people took a number at Martin Street Baptist Church to sign up for insurance before Monday's deadline.
RALEIGH, N.C. -

The deadline to sign up for insurance through the Affordable Care Act is winding down, and some people in the Triangle took advantage while they could.

More than 70 people, including Angela Burt, took a number at Martin Street Baptist Church to sign up for insurance before Monday's deadline.

"It's important to have insurance because it's hard getting in the hospital and paying the bill; so it's best to have insurance to just help take care of that need," Burt said.

Burt wants to make sure she and her children have the coverage they need.

"When I heard it was coming to Martin Street, I thought, 'Wow that's convenient it's right around my neighborhood. Why not go stand in line and try?" she said. "I at least want to try."

More than six million people nationwide have signed up for coverage. Navigators said the one-on-one interaction they offer can make the process easier.

"We know insurance can be a really confusing topic for some people," said navigator Jennifer Simmons. "Some people haven't been insured before or even if they have been, they've never shopped for different plans. We think it's great to have an opportunity to talk to somebody that knows about the process. Not to mention we want people to [use] the website right."

Simmons said if you are engaged in the process of signing up and trying to complete it today, but you can't, a grace period is in effect until early April. If you want to start the process, visit healthcare.gov or call (800) 318-2596.

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