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     With new health insurance enrollees swamping call centers and the government signup website trying to beat the clock the deadline gets extended by a day. Uninsured Americans have through tomorrow to sign up for a government healthcare plan if you need insurance to start come January first.
     Local hospitals offering enrollment help are seeing a surge of people hurrying to get it done. Counselors with UnityPoint Health-Trinity as of Monday afternoon had close to 700 people enrolled in either marketplace plans or Medicaid programs.
      "We had to kind of play catch up to enroll those people once they heard it was working better, there's more interest as it gets closer to the deadline for January one," said Pamela Samuelson, Director of Marketing and Communications for UnityPoint Health-Trinity. "We extended our appointments to accommodate more people as well as to help with the speed of the applications."
     Genesis Health System has also had three health insurance navigators helping hundreds of people over the last few months. Officials say, even with the extension, they encouraged people to start applying Monday to have a finalized plan come Tuesday. Both hospital groups will continue to have help available for future enrollment periods.