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Community Activists Are Informing The Public About The Health Care Law

Ashley Lopez

It’s been a month since the federal government launched its healthcare exchange website, which has been plagued with technical problems.

Despite the rough start, community activists are visiting area colleges and churches to inform residents about the Affordable Care Act.

People interested in learning more about the new health care law gathered this week at All Faiths Unitarian Church in Fort Myers.

Alicia Shaw helped put together the public forum. She said there’s still a lot of ignorance in the community about the law.

“The reason that we are involved in this is because people need accurate information about the Affordable Care Act—how do they enroll, what’s available—and I believe that we have an obligation to get that information out to them,” she said.

Shaw said she and some health policy experts will continue their outreach in churches around Fort Myers, as well as Edison State College and Florida Gulf Coast University.

However, the group is promoting the health care law during a tough time. Federal health care officials are currently under fire for ongoing glitches on healthcare.gov—the main website for the health care exchanges.

The enrollment period runs through March 31. 

Ashley Lopez is a reporter forWGCUNews. A native of Miami, she graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a journalism degree.