Thursday, October 03, 2013

For Immigrants, Language and Knowledge are Barriers in Obamacare Enrollment

Many patients at these health clinics do not know anything about the new health insurance law and workers are helping them get information and apply.  - - Donna Poisl

By Anna Gorman, Kaiser Health News

Carrying Spanish-language brochures, outreach worker Sandra Pena walked around a crowded health clinic in Bell Gardens in Southern California early Tuesday morning.

“Have you heard of the program Obamacare?” Pena asked a group of patients. A few nodded. Others stared blankly.

As enrollment began around the nation, the scene at this Wesley Health Center underscored one of the major challenges facing officials – overcoming the lack of awareness.
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