Getting the word out about the Affordable Care Act - Tucson News Now

Getting the word out about the Affordable Care Act

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

After glitches with the launch of the Affordable Care Act, the website is starting to process applications.  But understanding the system can still intimidate some.

"My income, I don't take insurance.  It's too much for me," said Jesus Ruiz, one of about 80 people at the El Pueblo Liberty Adult Learning Center Thursday night to learn where they fit into the Affordable Care Act.

"They don't know, and they're too, maybe afraid to find out if they're qualified or not," said outreach director Cynthia Estrada with Pima Community Access Program.

She has been educating groups about the Marketplace as well as Arizona Healthcare Cost Containment System. Many childless adults were cut from AHCCCS when the state faced budget cuts.  The state website launches Monday.  Applicants will often check that site first to see if they're eligible, and then be sent to the Marketplace if that is where they can be covered.  Estrada is assisting those who need help navigating the site so that they can be covered by the beginning of next year.

"Medication, emergency rooms, maternity, which are some of the items that haven't been covered in health insurance are now going to be available to those people to have that prevention care and not wait until it's already a bigger issue that can't be taken care of," Estrada said.

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