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Health care law may overlook ND homeless

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BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - An advocacy group intends to help spread the word to homeless people in North Dakota about insurance marketplaces created by the Affordable Care Act.

Enrollment for the online marketplaces opens Tuesday under the federal health care act championed by President Barack Obama.

North Dakota Coalition for Homeless People executive director Michael Carbone says educating the soaring number of homeless people flocking to oil-rich North Dakota is a colossal challenge for so-called navigators.

The navigators are charged with finding uninsured residents and inform them of their options under the new law.

Carbone says homeless people in North Dakota may be overlooked despite well-intentioned outreach efforts funded by the federal government.

North Dakota is among 36 states where the federal government will run the marketplace under the new law.

 

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