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Preparations underway for healthcare enrollment

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 01:23

Sep. 27 - Starting October 1st, Americans will begin enrolling in health plans under the Affordable Care Act, and preparations are underway to help consumers make sense of the different options. Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Communities are getting ready for the roll out of the Affordable Care Act on October 1st. That's when millions of uninsured Americans can sign up for health insurance. Counselors called "Navigators" will help consumers understand their options and sign up for coverage online. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) NAVIGATOR FOR EPILEPSY FOUNDATION OF FLORIDA, ADRIAN MADRIZ, SAYING: "A patient navigator is someone who provides unbiased information about the plans in the marketplace, we cannot offer opinions one way or the other about the plans therein." (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) DIRECTOR OF NAVIGATOR TRAINING FOR NEW YORK STATE, STEVE RUSSELL, SAYING: "They are going to be the lead people in every community and really be the spokespeople and the cheerleaders." Across the country, volunteers with "Get Covered America" are canvassing neighborhoods, delivering information about the Affordable Care Act. "Enroll America" volunteer Karla Garcia spreads the word in New Jersey. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) ENROLL AMERICAN VOLUNTEER, KARLA GARCIA, SAYING: "Doctor visits, hospital visits, preventive care, maternity care… those things will be covered." Many Americans, like Javier Hernandez, have been living without health benefits Now he's sold on getting insured. (SOUNDBITE) (ENGLISH) JAVIER HERNANDEZ, SAYING: "When we get sick, we don't necessarily go to the doctor. A lot of times, we just rely on home remedies, or just letting the pain go away." But the landmark healthcare program faces tough hurdles and remains under attack by Republican leaders who want to have it repealed.

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Preparations underway for healthcare enrollment

Friday, September 27, 2013 - 01:23