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Big Push To Get Floridians Signed Up For Health Insurance

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A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly called, passed in March 2010, went into effect Tuesday at 8am EST. Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new health insurance exchanges Tuesday morning. Consumers attempting to log on were met with an error message early Tuesday due to an overload of Internet traffic. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER        (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

A woman looks at the HealthCare.gov insurance exchange internet site October 1, 2013 in Washington, DC. US President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare as it is commonly called, passed in March 2010, went into effect Tuesday at 8am EST. Heavy Internet traffic and system problems plagued the launch of the new health insurance exchanges Tuesday morning. Consumers attempting to log on were met with an error message early Tuesday due to an overload of Internet traffic. AFP PHOTO / Karen BLEIER (Photo credit should read KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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MIAMI (CBSMiami/AP) — The big push is on to get uninsured Floridians signed up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Hundreds of volunteers for Get Covered America are going door-to-door, making phone calls and taking part in nearly one hundred community events over the weekend to encourage people to sign up for so-called “Obamacare.” They’ll also host events at churches and synagogues as part of “Health Care in the Pulpit.”

The group’s Florida director Nicholas Duran said residents have been eager to learn about options.

However, counselors across the state have had difficulty actually enrolling consumers because of the troubled healthcare.gov website run by federal health officials. Many have been unable to even see how much health plans cost because of the website.

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