Dubuque's Crescent Community Clinic Helps with Last Minute Obama Care Enrollment

by Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE, Iowa - Paula Bradfield started walking a little faster when she learned of Monday was the last day to enroll in the Affordable Health Care Market Place, also known as Obama Care.

Bradfield said, "My husband just said, you have to get down today. So here I am. "

She's one of more than 1000 people who utilized help from the Crescent Community Health Center to either enroll or apply for the federal health care coverage since the enrollment opened.

"Not knowing if you're picking the right plan," said Bradsfield. "Should you go with something a more expensive to get more? It's just difficult. "

Crescent Directors say they were surprised by all the potential patients who showed up during the 11th hour.

Crescent Community Health Clinic Executive Director, Julie Woodyard said, "Just about everybody would have known about it. And we put flyers in grocery bags and had billboards up. "

Directors are boasting the benefits of the health care market. They say prior to the program, only ten percent of the patients here had health insurance. That number has since jumped to 64 percent.

Woodyard said, "If people have not started yet as of mid-night, they're out of luck until October when they can start signing up again. "
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