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Affordable Care Act Deadline But Permian Basin is Different

The deadline for the affordable care act is Monday at midnight, but things are different with the Permian Basin.
The deadline for the affordable care act is Monday at midnight, but things are different with the Permian Basin.

“We live in a bubble, we really live in a bubble I don't think people realize how things are a lot more different in other areas,” said Odessa insurance broker Rodney Hurt.

The Permian Basin has some of the lowest unemployment numbers and average incomes are very high.

“We're in a really unique situation,” Hurt said, “because the economy is so good.”

But despite the high incomes, some can’t afford insurance.

“I understand we are in an oil field boom but with the way the economy is here in Midland with the prices of rent everything is really expensive not everybody can afford to pay high premiums for insurance,” Simona Tyler, Navigator with Project Amistad, said.

Stephanie Lister has been trying to sing up for insurance since January, even though she considers herself as a healthy person.

“I’m the type of person I don’t have to go to the doctor all the time so I don’t want to be paying for anything that I'm not going to use,” Lister said.

But despite being healthy, she must sign up for insurance.
“They canceled me so the company that I'm with now does not offer it,” she said.

On Monday, deadline day, Lister was still not able to sign up. The system was down and she will now have to file for an extension.

“The glitches are making it difficult but you know we work past it,” Tyler said. “A lot of patients and just keep trying.”

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