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Winter Storm Watch issued January 16 at 3:40AM PST until January 18 at 10:00AM PST by NWS

...SIGNIFICANT ICE ACCUMULATIONS POSSIBLE FROM FREEZING RAIN AND SLEET MONDAY NIGHT THROUGH TUESDAY NIGHT... .A DEEP FETCH OF SUBTROPICAL MOISTURE NOSES INTO THE REGION STARTING TONIGHT AND LINGERS THROUGH MIDWEEK. THIS WARM, MOIST CONVEYOR BELT WILL OVERRUN A VERY COLD AIR MASS CURRENTLY IN PLACE BRINGING THE POTENTIAL FOR SEVERAL HOURS OF FREEZING RAIN, SLEET,

Overnight

Lo9° Isolated Flurries and Patchy Freezing Fog

M.L.King Day

Hi19° Slight Chance Wintry Mix and Patchy Freezing Fog

Monday Night

Lo16° Chance Wintry Mix

Tuesday

Hi29° Wintry Mix Likely

Tuesday Night

Lo26° Rain

Wednesday

Hi36° Rain

Wednesday Night

Lo29° Rain Likely then Slight Chance Rain

Thursday

Hi36° Cloudy

Thursday Night

Lo27° Slight Chance Rain/Snow

Friday

Hi34° Rain Likely

An Apple A Day: Disappointment reigns

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Disappointing was the word of the day for anyone anticipating the Oct. 1 unveiling of the Affordable Care Act.

First, it was completely overshadowed by news of the shutdown of the federal government. Rightfully so, but still, Oct. 1 was supposed to be a big deal. It was the first day people could check out new insurance plans.

Even more disappointing was that we couldn't do that. I tried logging on to the Washington Healthplanfinder website at 7:45 a.m., and had no luck. I kept trying all day, and didn't get on until 3 p.m.

It was a bit of a personal disappointment for me, at least, professionally speaking. I had arranged to have a photographer at Columbia Valley Community Health to take pictures of what I figured could have been long lines of people waiting for help to sign up the first day. Since I work in Twisp, our photographer, Mike Bonnicksen, was going to call me if he found anyone willing to talk about their experience on this first day, and of being among the first of millions expected to enroll in new federally-subsidized plans.

I had also considered driving to Okanogan, where Family Health Centers is also helping people enroll.

We wanted to document these experiences on the first day, and I wanted to make contact with people who I might be able to include in an in-depth story I'm working on all this month. I want to know what people think about the process, what their situation with health insurance is now, and what they ended up with after enrolling.

I'm still looking for those personal experiences. I expect to do some in-person interviews, and some by telephone. So if you plan to sign up for insurance through the state's Healthplanfinder — whether you're getting help from an insurance broker or in-person assister, or doing it on your home computer — I'm interested in your experience.

Don't hesitate to contact me at 997-2512, or mehaffey@wenatcheeworld.com.
Then, I can pull together an article scheduled to publish in November about those experiences. I hope you won't be disappointed.