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ACA Legislator Briefing

CEDAR RAPIDS, IA (CBS2/FOX28) In Cedar Rapids, lawmakers are learning more about how their constituents are getting help to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

No on is saying the ACA rollout has been perfect.

"I don't think there's any question that there's room for improvement, said Iowa State Senator Rob Hogg.

But it sure was close enough for Heather Windfield. This past summer, she had pneumonia, but didnt have health insurance. She was sick for more than a month.

"That was kind of nerve-wracking because I was afraid. I can't go to the hospital, I can't go to the E-R because I can't afford it, said Windfield.

With help from Linn Community Care, Heather and her disabled son now have coverage. But thats how it worked for Heather. Others havent been as lucky.

"You hear it anecdotally, I went to that website and I gave up, said Hogg.

But now in Linn County Legislators are learning how a network of healthcare organizations are making due with whats been an imperfect system.

"They had a decision to either complain about things or find the leadership and the opportunity to make things work, said State Representative Art Staed. They've done that here and I hope that's not unique around the state."

By talking with the people who see patients every day, lawmakers can go back to the capitol with small tweeks to policy that will help even more.

But back in the exam rooms, the next step is to get patients brochures, so theyll have all the information they need when they come to the doctors office.

"It would stop and make you think, "Have I signed up, oh I haven't signed up for this and the deadline is approaching, and where can I sign up, said Iowa State Senator Liz Mathis.

To answer those questions, 20,000 brochures will be available. Its all part of a final push to sign people up before February 15th so their coverage will start on March 1st.
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