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Non-Profit Helps Uninsured Individuals Enroll in Affordable Care Act

Zora Asberry
NewsWest 9

MIDLAND - Residents in the area who needed some assistance in obtaining healthcare were able to attend a session on Saturday and receive free information on the Affordable Healthcare Act and Enrollment.

Although the event is over, there are still ways that you can get the help you need to enroll.

"I told my wife, I need insurance. I saw this Project Amistad last night on T.V, and I told my wife that it's time, so we're here. We came this morning and they're helping us pretty good," Midland resident, Pedro Vela, said.

Pedro is not alone when it comes to being uninsured. According to officials, 5.7 million people will be uninsured in 2016.

"We know that in our community here in Midland-Odessa and in other parts of far West Texas, there are countless numbers of people who currently do not have affordable health insurance," Roy Ortega, Community Relations Manager for Project Amistad, said. 

It may be difficult for some people to enroll on their own if they don't have a computer at home or if they're not proficient in English. That's why Project Amistad has made these services available.

"Insurance can be a very complicated thing for a lot of people. We do have people on our staff who are able to provide these services and explain the Affordable Care Act to anyone who wants to have these services provided to them," Ortega said. 

Another reason that some people may have waited to get insurance is because of the cost. But through the Affordable Care Act, health care is the lowest it has been in decades.

"Some people they don't have money, they think that insurance costs too much a month to pay. The insurance is better for your health so that way you can go see the doctor. If you don't have money, then you've got insurance," Vega said. 

If you missed the session on Saturday, you can still get information on enrollment through Project Amistad by making a simple call.

"They don't have to go through the process in person with us. They can indeed do this entire process over the telephone if they want to call us all they have to do is call the 1-877 number and we'll be very happy to guide them through the entire process," Ortega said.

The deadline to obtain health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is February 15. If you missed the information and enrollment session, call 1-877-413-2372.

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