Many Americans and Nashvillians have rushed to enrollment locations across Nashville to ensure they have health care through the Affordable Care Act before 2016.
Officials with healthcare.gov tweeted that "Due to unprecedented demand, we have extended the Dec 15 deadline 48 hours: Dec 17th at 12 AM PST."
Due to unprecedented demand, we have extended the Dec 15 deadline 48 hours: Dec 17th at 12 AM PST.
— HealthCare.gov (@HealthCareGov) December 16, 2015
Multiple locations were set up early in the week to assist people in their online enrollment.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield office at the 100 Oaks Mall was one of them. People waited up to 30 minutes for assistance.
Larry Dix, Blue Cross Blue Shield store manager, said they have been preparing for the rush and that they could barely accommodate the rush of people on Tuesday.
“I can tell you yesterday we probably had 50 to 60 people in here, and on top of that many more we didn't have the opportunity to triage so we just help them as we can. And if we get a little overwhelmed, we just help everybody as they come in,” said Dix.
Officials with healthcare.gov went on to tweet that over the last two days, about 1 million people left their contact information to hold their place in line. Consumers who want January 1 coverage will have the opportunity to return to healthcare.gov and complete their enrollment.