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Local workers reach out to educate on Obamacare

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Trained workers educate Georgians on Affordable Health Care Act Trained workers educate Georgians on Affordable Health Care Act
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA (CBS46) -

Outreach workers are visiting locations across metro Atlanta to educate Georgians about the Affordable Care Act.

"Today, it is a little slow but there are a lot of people that are still unaware of the law and unaware that open enrollment is Oct. 1," Lauren Callahan told CBS Atlanta News.

Callahan handed out brochures and answered questions at the Five Forks Trickum Library in Gwinnett County on Tuesday.

Thomasina Hurrigan was among those who picked up literature.

"It is very difficult for a person like myself," said Hurrigan. "I'm single and I don't have anyone to help me with my other bills. The flip side, I need health insurance because I'm not a spring chicken anymore."

Callahan said she has not run into any problems with the government website. However, many have complained about recent glitches.

"It would crash or something would happen," said Loretta Billingsley, a self-employed video editor. "Then it got to the point where it didn't even recognize my log in or my password so that was a little frightening."

Billingsley is a breast cancer survivor and has been unable to get health insurance. After three weeks trying to apply for government coverage, she successfully signed up.

"As I age things will break down, so I'm glad that coverage will be there to help me pay that bill," said Billingsley.

Callahan urged people to be patient as they look to apply online or by phone.

"Don't throw your hands up in frustration," advised Callahan.

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