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      Deadline to sign up for health insurance is fast approaching

      The deadline for individuals to sign up for health insurance is March 31.

      An additional 89,000 Texans enrolled on the insurance market place in January, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

      This brings the state total to 207,500, compared to 118,000 at the end of 2013.

      Helen Ulibarri, a local resident and daycare assistant, said she started enrolling in December.

      Because of several glitches, she said it took her almost two months to fully enroll.

      "I think the first time I couldn't even get a password or a username. It wouldn't let me through?|.I was ready to give up," Ulibarri said.

      Ulibarri said she's happy she didn't give up.

      She received a credit due to her income and her husband's veteran disability.

      She said she was able to use the credit on a monthly basis or wait to receive it on her income tax.

      "I said well, I need to the insurance, so I'm going to take the credit now, which brought it from $400 to $18.30 something.

      In Amarillo, the difference in county unemployment rates might contribute to a difference in healthcare enrollment.

      The Texas Workforce Commission said the unemployment rate in Potter County was 4.5 percent and 3.6 percent in Randall County in December 2013.

      "The demographics between Potter and Randall counties are different. I think that Randall county residents tend to be higher up on the socioeconomic scale, and people in Potter county in general may have difficulty accessing employer based insurance, so we may see some higher numbers in potter county," said William Biggs, CEO and medical director at Amarillo Legacy Medical.