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SANTA ANA (CBSLA.com) — A grassroots coalition in Orange County launched a large-scale campaign Thursday to educate and enroll residents in health care coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

KNX 1070′s Mike Landa reports the “Get Covered” Campaign will target neighborhoods with a high concentration of uninsured residents and will be conducted in multiple languages.

The door-to-door outreach program will visit 200,000 homes in Santa Ana, Anaheim, Garden Grove and Westminster offering enrollment assistance for Medi-Cal or private insurance through Covered California, the state’s health benefits marketplace.

Residents will receive a detailed explanation of the ACA, as well as information about upcoming education and enrollment events and other services for which they may qualify.

Orange County is home to 3 million residents, making it the third largest population in California. More than 17 percent of residents are uninsured and 30 percent of them are young adults.

As many as 80,000 people are poised to acquire healthcare coverage in the county, according to Ana Urzua of Santa Ana Building Healthy Communities.

“We’re able to do this because it’s a network of organizations that are community-based organizations that are already involved in these neighborhoods,” Urzua said. “We’re gonna have an additional, specific effort just to reach their doors.”

In support of the campaign, the Children’s Health Initiative of Orange County is launching a toll-free phone number for OC residents that will provide information and referrals in English and Spanish: (888)975-1142.

Click here for more information on “Covered OC”.

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