Hundreds of borderland residents learned more about their obligations under the new Affordable Care Act Wednesday.
The deadline to buy insurance in the Marketplace is March 31st.
Navigators from Enroll El Paso answered 329 calls during the 3-hour period, a high number compared to phone banks in other southwest cities, organizers said.
Texas has the highest number of uninsured in the country, and there are 178,000 uninsured in the El Paso area alone, a representative with the Health and Human Services department said.
Residents may qualify for government subsidies to help offset the cost of the private insurance. The federal government will pay for those subsidies by lowering Medicare rates for doctors and raising taxes on hospitals, insurance companies and medical devices.
Navigators informed residents of the documents they would need in order to enroll, they answered questions from the elderly, veterans and the unemployed.
-The elderly not need to worry about the deadline, as they are covered by Medicare, navigators said.
-Veterans are covered by the VA, so they are already insured.
-Unemployed people can get a two-month break from their obligation, but they still need to file paperwork notifying Health and Human Services of their situation.
-Members of federally-recognized Native American tribes are exempt from the requirement.
To speak with a navigator who can answer your questions, call 915-206-2121.