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Updated: 3/27/2014 5:54 pm
NEW ALBANY, Miss. (WTVA) -- A gathering in New Albany on Thursday morning was a chance for uninsured people to learn about and sign-up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Many of those at the event say they still have a lot of questions about the required enrollment, which if they ignore, will likely mean they'll face a fine from the federal government.

We talked with one person who was there on behalf of her daughter who works in a restaurant, but doesn't have health insurance.

"I want to know how much you pay and if I can help her pay. She's been hurt at work before and when she gets sick she has no health care. She has to make emergency room visits which add up," said Holly Byrd of Pontotoc.

An insurance company that covers the area under the federal program shared information and signed up residents.

People wanted to learn what they need to do to get health insurance, how much it will cost them a month, and what options they have to possibly get the cost of their premiums low.

"I want something that will cover my family when we need it. I want something we can afford and still pay the bills," said Toni Detert of Myrtle.

Some at the event already have insurance like one veteran who spoke on camera. 

He was there to get family members insured.

"You never know until you're in that situation what the cost will be. It's unbelievable what it is," stated David Hall.

Community activist Jennifer Jones organized this event and others like it in recent months.

Jones and others say there are still many who don't qualify for Medicaid or similar programs, but can't afford premiums under Obamacare and don't qualify for tax credits to reduce the insurance premium.

"Very few people have the type of coverage that they want, or they're stuck in a plan that's too expensive. They're trying to find something that is Affordable Health Care," Jones said.

Jones says uninsured Americans remains a problem as the deadline to get enrolled grows closer.
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