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Pasco Organization Training Volunteers to Assist with Affordable Care Act

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Community Action Connections in Pasco is holding training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday to get more volunteers. Community Action Connections in Pasco is holding training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday to get more volunteers.

PASCO, WA - The problems with the federal health care website are well known but at the state level, Washington ranks behind only California and New York in terms of the number of people enrolled under the Affordable Care Act.

In Benton and Franklin Counties an estimated 15 to 16 thousand people are now eligible for medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. This is the largest group of people asking for help in the enrollment process.

At Community Action Connections in Pasco, the number of people needing help with enrollment is much higher that the number of in-person assisters who are available. That's why they're holding training sessions Tuesday and Wednesday to get more volunteers ready to assist new customers.

"We're hoping to meet the demand of the individuals who are on our appointment list and that list is still upward of around 200 people so there's a big demand there, we want to try to get to before they get inpatient," said Wes Luckey with Community Action Connection.

CAC says they're getting close to their goal of getting 100 in-person assisters trained and certified. They're only about 5 assisters away after Tuesday.

They say it's crucial in order to meet the demand around the area. They hope to have at least one more training in the Tri-Cities and another in Walla Walla by the end of December.

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