PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The City of Portland is working with the federal government to educate the community about the Affordable Care Act.
On October 1st, people will be able to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The federal government is working to make sure all Americans know their options. But in vulnerable populations like low-income families, the elderly, and immigrants, it can be more difficult to access the necessary resources. The director of the Office For Civil Rights within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Leon Rodriguez, met with stakeholders who work with those populations Monday. He says they will play a key role in helping people understand their options.
"They know what the cultural needs are, the linguistic needs, so we know that we need to really partner with those organizations in order to effectively implement the affordable care act" Rodriguez told NEWS CENTER.
The city of Portland will have more information for the public about the Affordable Care Act in a news conference on October 1st. Coverage under the new plans kicks in January first. To learn more visit healthcare.gov