Talking healthcare in Binghamton

By Perry Russom

Talking healthcare in Binghamton

November 12, 2013 Updated Nov 12, 2013 at 5:34 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) On the federal level, more than 50,000 people have signed up for health insurance on Healtcare.gov -- only a fraction of the half million people expected to be signed up by now.

It was the topic of discussion Tuesday at the Binghamton Rotary Club.

Sharon Chesna of Mothers and Babies Perinatal Network was the keynote speaker.

She said most of the problems reported have been with the federal site, not the New York state site.

"Clearly everybody had glitches on those first couple days in October, but it was pretty impressive in New York State they had their IT people working 24/7 so that was up within the first few days after October 1st," said Chesna.

Her organization works as an aid to people or small business owners looking to sign up for healthcare.

She said one of the misconceptions of getting coverage is that it's only available for people who have low-income.

"That is not the case," said Chesna. "This is then new marketplace for getting health insurance, so that's one of the major messages that we need to get out there. That this is available to anyone."

Healthcare coverage will kick in on January 1.

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