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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

Savannah clinics revealed how many people have successfully enrolled in affordable healthcare coverage through the Marketplace Exchanges.

Officials at the Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Clinic said they had nearly 11,000 patients who are uninsured but only 320 had enrolled in health insurance.

"Our target is 6,000 [people] by the end of March," said CEO Albert Grandy.  

Grandy is optimistic that they will be able to reach their goal.

From Oct. 1 through the end of December, navigators at Curtis V. Cooper educated more than 1,500 people about the exchanges and helped more than 300 enroll in the marketplace.

Officials at J.C. Lewis Primary Health Care said they educated more than 1,100 and enrolled more than 500.

These figures, clinic officials said, are much lower than expected because of all the technical issues that happened when the exchanges first opened in October.

"A lot of things are now smoothed out; we are seeing numbers go up tremendously," said Ericka Riley Brown, navigator at Curtis V. Cooper Primary Health Clinic.

Brown has been helping people enroll since the very beginning and she said now it's crunch time because open enrollment closes in March. 

"We are trying to get more outreach work done and we are trying to assist as many people possible," said Brown.

Clinic officials realize that time is short and they have thousands more they want to sign up before March, but they don't seem to be worried; they feel confident they'll reach their goal.

According to Health and Human Services, more than 58,000 people in Georgia have enrolled.

Enrollment is open until March 31. It will reopen Nov. 1 because everyone is required to have health insurance by next year.

For more information: https://www.healthcare.gov/

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