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Hispanic awareness about Affordable Care Act

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Wendy Wilson explains obstacles Hispanic members may have. Wendy Wilson explains obstacles Hispanic members may have.
Maria Gonzales talks about getting help with healthcare education. Maria Gonzales talks about getting help with healthcare education.
Workers getting ready to give out information about health care plans. Workers getting ready to give out information about health care plans.
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

September 15th to October marks National Hispanic Heritage Month, a time to reflect and celebrate history and contributions of Hispanic Americans. It is also a time that members of the White House and Department of Health and Human Services will be joining together for a nationwide effort in informing the Hispanic community about healthcare options.

"Our responsibilities as fellow citizens and members of this community to assist one another and engage, then you put the responsibility back on them, I did inform you, I made you aware," said Darton Assistant Dean of Cultural Affairs Wendy Wilson.

It can be considered a battle for some Latin Americans to get information due to language barriers, adjustment to new environments or the issue of obtaining a job that gives them access to healthcare.

Wilson continues, "A lot of time individuals will say 'Did they take advantage of the resources?' But if they're not familiar with the resources, sometimes you have to meet people where they are."

For Maria Gonzales, she feels people shouldn't avoid getting educated on the matter.

"We as Hispanics, and any other race shouldn't be afraid and should continue to be helped and supported," said Gonzales.

Other members of the Latin community say its important to know their options because it allows them to be able to take care of themselves, their family and to learn how to survive in their current economic standing.

Wilson says education is the foundation to be able to lead healthier lives.

 


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