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Local Organizations Raise Obamacare Awareness Despite Website Woes

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Community organizations all across the country have received federal dollars to help sign people up for the affordable care act. But with Healthcare.Gov among the list of things that have gone wrong with the roll out of Obamacare, we wanted to know how are those organizations working around the kinks. The NAACP hosted a forum on the Affordable Care Act at The Lake Side Community Center. They are just one of many local organizations trying to get the word out about the new healthcare laws they say the Website woes make it even more important for folks to sign up.

Lloyd Thompson is our local NAACP President. He said he understands the frustrations surrounding the Affordable Care Act. "You can't let bad news stop you from signing up because you're going to be penalized if you don't. Folks don't understand it. People don't understand what it's all about. They hear all of this bad press in the media about the system being down so in spite of all of that, we want to let people know that it's important that you sign up."

And they aren't the only ones trying to get the word out, David Raines community health centers have received $127,000 dollars to help make sure people know about the new healthcare laws and sign up. But the failed rollout of healthcare dot gov has thwarted there efforts. Calvin Young is the David Raines Community Development Coordinator. Young said, "It slowed it down of course, we haven't gotten the numbers that we want as far as people enrolled but it has given us time to hone our processes a little bit and get more marketing activities out to the general public."

"Aside from healthcare dot gov, which is the main platform for enrolling, we still have other options." Anisha Williams with Louisiana Health Co Op says you can still call, go to an insurance agent or fill out a paper application. It's difficult to explain the law but Williams said once they get the ball rolling there's success. "We've had the most success with telling people how to enroll and once you start the enrollment process, that's when you really get that influx of information."

Remember, if you aren't signed up by the deadline, there will be penalties.

 

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