Idahoans race to make health insurance enrollment deadline

Idahoans race to make health insurance enrollment deadline »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) -- Riley Gray is an in-person assister with Terry Reilly Health Services, trained to counsel people about the Affordable Care Act.

Over the weekend, his cell phone and land line have been clogged with last minute calls.

"We've been having a lot more people interested, a lot more people waiting until the last minute to get that assistance and help," Gray told KBOI News.

Four years after the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was enacted, the deadline (albeit somewhat fluid) to sign up for health exchanges is here, and a majority of Americans continue to oppose the law: 53 percent disapprove, while 41 percent approve, according to the latest CBS News Poll.

Since the law was passed in March 2010, more have consistently disapproved than approved of it. Public support has never reached the 50 percent mark.

The federal government is giving people an extension if they can prove they started the application but were unable to finish it by the deadline.

Once more, glitches with the over-loaded federal website,
HealthCare.gov, have frustrated would-be applicants as it tells them to wait to be processed.

As a result, new users couldn't access the system, but the problem was later resolved. A federal spokesman said more than 100,000 people are using the system at the same time.

But officials with Your Health Idaho say the state's website, which uses federal software, is holding up.