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Volunteers going door-to-door for Affordable Care Act

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Updated: 9/07/2013 12:21 am
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Nearly 200 volunteers with Enroll America will begin canvassing Jacksonville neighborhoods this weekend to distribute information about the insurance marketplace and the Affordable Care Act.

"We have target areas where there are a lot of uninsured," says Tony Penna, Regional Organizer for the self-proclaimed community education non-profit. "We know where those pockets are and, frankly, they're all over the city."

Christina Swiridowky, Regional Organizing Lead, says the need for clarification is high in Florida.

"We know 78 percent of the uninsured do not know that the marketplace is going to be in existence on Oct. 1."

This weekend, nearly 200 Enroll America volunteers will knock on doors in local neighborhoods in hopes of reaching a least 350 of the 259,000 Duval County residents who have no health insurance.

In Arlington, Action News met Nnajia El-Amin who said the health care law is confusing.

"I've heard about it but I haven't really read up on it to know to know really anything about it."

After seeing Action News' past warnings of scams that are taking advantage of those who don't understand the new law, she's concerned about what information she should trust.

"I just want to be rest assured that they're a legitimate person and they're giving me really good information that I could use."

Swiridowky insists Enroll America is not affiliated with any political party, and a spokesman says the group is funded by unnamed private individuals and companies, and not the government.

Our goal is to put everything is layman's terms. We are not enrolling anyone. We are just responsible for education."

Enroll America used public records like voter registration and census data, as well as phone surveys, to identify specific neighborhoods.

Volunteers will begin knocking on doors on the Southside, Northside and at the Beaches on Saturday.

In addition to the 3.7 million people in Florida without health insurance, the group is trying to reach another 2 million in Georgia before the marketplace opens on Oct. 1.
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wishmistress - 9/7/2013 2:55 AM
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This whole pile of forced garbage makes me sick! Pardon me while I barf on my paws.

Dremwolf - 9/7/2013 2:27 AM
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