Healthcare rollout smoother in 2nd year

Healthcare rollout smoother in 2nd year

Photo: Yvette Vela

Monday’s healthcare enrollment fair had just begun at the Brownsville Events Center on Paredes Line Road, but already there were people sitting and speaking with counselors about getting coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

Counselors sat down with a man in a Dallas Cowboys jersey while at another table children scribbled away in coloring books while mom talked over her family’s health insurance options.

The calm atmosphere differed starkly from scenes last year when problems with Healthcare.gov, the federal government’s online health insurance marketplace, threw a wrench into already complicated machinery.

The website’s improved functionality this year has relieved a lot of tension around the program, said Julian Castro, the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development. Castro said those who don’t have insurance deserve to have every opportunity to enroll.

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By TY JOHNSON | STAFF WRITER

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