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09/27/2013

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GOING LIVE President Barack Obama. Photo by Pete Souza via Flickr WITH THE GOVERNMENT'S NEW ONLINE HEALTH INSURANCE MARKETPLACE SET TO OPEN OCT. 1, LOCALS ARE WORKING HARD TO SPREAD THE WORD By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor After a tooth-and-nail fight in Congress, a dramatic Christmas Eve Senate vote and a climactic Supreme Court battle, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is about to hit another milestone: rollout. as Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. While some ObamaCare provisions — including the one that allows young adults to stay on their parents' plans till age 26 — have been in place for years, new coverage won't actually kick in till Jan. 1. Next week's Next Tuesday, Oct. 1, Americans will final- launch represents the biggest step yet in the implementation of ly be able to log on the law. to HealthCare.gov They will give anybody the amount to compare and purBut misinformation of help that they request. chase health insurance runs rampant, fueled plans and to find out if Linda Stone by both the law's comCEO they're eligible for explex mechanisms and Community Health Center of North Port panded programs such a concerted effort on

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