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ACA enrollment at East Lake Academy

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Chattanooga may have some of the lowest premiums available for those signing up for healthcare coverage but that doesn't mean its any easier to enroll.

"It can be overwhelming trying to navigate it on the Internet by yourself," Thera Beaman says.

Beaman was laid off in January and could no longer afford her $500 monthly healthcare bill. "I tried several times online and it didn't work for me so I eventually had to pick up the phone and call someone and I was enrolled within 35 minutes," says Beaman.

With the Affordable Care Act Beaman got great coverage for a very affordable price. "I was able to get a better plan through the Affordable Care Act than I did through my employer," she says.

On Thursday she's helping others sign up at East Lake Academy.

"We really want people to understand how the ACA law works for them, effects them and their families," Katherlyn Geter with Erlanger says.

If you didn't make it to East Lake Academy, you can call 423-240-4702 to make an appointment. You'll need your social security number and your latest tax information or W-2.

While the federal deadline to enroll is March, 31 earlier this week the Obama administration announced it would give extra time to Americans who say they were unable to enroll by the deadline.

Those who have begun to apply for coverage on healthcare.gov but don't finish by March, 31st will have until mid April to ask for an extension.

"We're actually seeing people amazed at the cost, especially if they qualify for tax credits or any cautionary reductions. They can get insurance at a very affordable rate,"says Geter.

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