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Some Alabamians Rush To Make Insurance Deadline

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Hundreds of Alabamians are rushing to meet the Monday night deadline to sign up for health insurance under the federal health care law.

The student-led group Bama Covered had a large crowd turn out Sunday for an event in Birmingham. Co-founder Josh Carpenter says they helped about 100 enroll. He says many others wanted to sign up, but they were in the gap where they make too much to get Medicaid coverage but they don't make enough to qualify for the tax breaks in the health insurance program.

Sign-up events were being held Monday in some public and college libraries across Alabama.

The federal government's original goal for Alabama was 82,000 enrollments through Monday. More than 55,000 had signed up through the end of February.

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