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South LA Could See City's Largest Number Of Obamacare Enrollees

Katherine Davis |
October 7, 2013 | 1:06 p.m. PDT

ARN Contributor


October 1 marked the beginning of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, commonly known as "Obamacare." In South Los Angeles, an estimated 300,000 people who were previously uninsured will become eligible for health care benefits under the Affordable Care Act. South L.A. sees high rates of several health problems such as diabetes, coronary heart diasese and obesity. And life expectancy in the neighborhood is eight years shorter than in West L.A. But even while many people in South Los Angeles are eager to gain access to health care through the law, many find it confusing and some think it is too expensive. And even with hugely expanded coverage, thousands of Los Angeles residents will still be uninsured. 


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