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Health insurance educators to canvass

GREENFIELD — Community Action will kick off a door-to-door campaign this week to educate residents about changes brought on by the Affordable Care Act, the “ObamaCare” law that requires Americans to enroll in health insurance.

The local anti-poverty agency is partnering with the Massachusetts Health Connector and advocacy organization Health Care For All to help residents learn about their health insurance choices.

Changes here are less sweeping than in other states because Massachusetts had already adopted a statewide health insurance program, on which the federal law was modeled. But there are changes that affect many of the state’s poorer residents.

Door-to-door canvassing will occur on Wednesday evenings and Saturdays through March. Kristin Peterson, associate director at anti-poverty agency Community Action, said the effort will start in Greenfield and eventually will expand to as many as 4,000 homes in Franklin County.

There will also be community events scheduled in the next few months for people to ask questions about health insurance changes.

About 40,000 residents across the state are now eligible to receive federal aid for the first time and others must enroll in a new subsidized plan by the end of this year.

A key provision of the law modeled on the Massachusetts online health insurance marketplaces went live across the country in October, but has been mired in technical problems.

For more information about the canvassing effort, contact Peterson at 413-774-2318.

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