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Alabama Affordable Care sign up numbers four days out

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) -

The White House reports that more than six million people are now enrolled under the Affordable Care Act. 

As the enrollment deadline creeps closer, states like Alabama are still signing up for coverage that Anthony Campbell with Americare Benefits says is either off or on the Exchange.

"On exchange, if you're within the 100-400 percent of the poverty level you'll qualify. To see if you qualify you can actually go to the healthcare.gov website," Campbell explains.

As of March 1, the Department of Health and Human Services reports that just over 55,000 people in Alabama signed up through healthcare dot gov; more than 47,000 of them qualified for assistance of some type.

Dr. Paula Walker says the enrollment numbers indicate a need the Exchange will help fill.

"So, now we'll be screening more uniformly for some chronic diseases-- high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol, heart disease, certain cancers," Dr. Walker says. "All of that is very important to creating a healthier generation of people."

And though concerns about prices and plans still loom, Americans are still encouraged to sign up for a plan or face a fine before Monday's deadline.

There are still four days left to sign up for health insurance before the deadline of March 31.

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