The push is on to get people signed up for healthcare.
Members from the healthcare workers union, the seiu-uhw are canvassing communities, spreading the word about health insurance plans, even for the unemployed.
They've been going door-to-door over the last few months to educate people about the affordable care act which will take effect january 1st.
Under the new law, every citizen will need health insurance or may pay a fine.
Union worker Lisbeth Espinosa has been a part of the outreach, "we want to find the people who are, who can get covered with healthcare for free. "
Like 22-year-old Ernesto Buenrostro, who's lived without health insurance for eight years.
He says ," when i get sick i go to a pharmacy buy nyquil dayquil that's really my only option."
But he found out he qualifies for free healthcare under the new terms in the affordable care act. Thursday, he joined more than 100 others at a health care fair in commerce to sign up for coverage. They were pre-approved after they met requirements including proof of citizenship, income, los angeles residency, and had photo id.
Elliott Petty, Seiu-uhw, "it's very rewarding to see families who deal with diabetes, other chronic conditions for a long time with no real way to treat those conditions so they are so happy, so eager. "
Organizers say these healthcare fairs are so popular they've already signed up 2500 people in the last few months alone. And they're scheduling more of these fairs in different communities throughout the city.
For people who do not quality for a free plan, enrollment for covered california starts oct 1. It's a program to help families figure out which plan fits best on a certain budget and some financial assistance would be available.
For more information on the fairs or different plans, call the Seiu-uhw hotline at 323-888-8113.
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