Now onto the latest of Obama Care with the roll out of the Affordable Health Care Act many still have questions on just how to get enrolled. Today answers to some of those questions. James Johnson joins us with more on this story, James.
The event was held at the Laredo Community College, congressman, Henry Cuellar and medical professionals joined forces to help answer some of those questions.
Class was in session at L.C.C. And the topic is one that affects millions of Americans across the country. With the roll out of the Affordable Health Care Act millions of Americans who didn't have insurance can now be insured. In Webb County the number of uninsured people are in the thousands and with events like this congressman Cuellar hopes this will change.
[cg:newsuper\henry cuellar\congressman] 19:05:26:23 "it's basically for the 85,000 people we have here in webb county who have no insurance. 19:07:12:02 "the first thing you have to do is look at the different options and find one that works for you.
Today’s event was the first of it's kind in Laredo. In Webb county alone 36.8 percent of residents don’t have health insurance and is why congressman Cuellar partnered up with local agencies to host a health insurance marketplace workshop to raise awareness and educate the public of the resources available to them.
[cg:newsuper\henry cuellar\congressman] 19:09:10:16 "today is just the first step to provide that information, and it's important because there's so many groups here that can provide that information.
As the day went on many people who attended the event had questions about different plans and most importantly how to enroll now that the website still isn't working. This event not only helped answer some of those question, but gave the community a one on one with medical professionals.
[cg:newsuper\jose medrano\enroll america] 19:47:22:27 "this is a real important opportunity to get all these ten's of thousands if not millions an opportunity to get coverage.
[cg:newsuper\henry cuellar\congressman] 19:11:07:16 "some years from now well look at this and say the affordable healthcare act is something that provided people options to buy insurance.
Open enrollment for a plan under the healthcare act ends March 31st 2014.
Now the event was today but congressman Cuellar does have plans to have more events like this one in the future. For more information on how you can get enrolled, we'll have a list of the healthcare providers that were at this event on our website who can help you through this process. For KGNS I’m James Johnson.
List of providers Participating Agencies and Organizations:
Laredo Community College City of Laredo Health Department Webb County Indigent Health Services Enroll America Young Invincibles Doctors Hospital of Laredo Gateway Community Health Center Mercy Ministries of Laredo Laredo Medical Center Centro Aztlan Texas A&M International University UT Health Science Center at San Antonio United Independent School District Laredo Independent School District Webb Consolidated School District