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Questions About Obamacare from Bay Area Latinos

Spanish-speakers curious about Affordable Care Act in Sonoma County.



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    Only a few of the 20 people who attended a forum Sunday on the Affordable Care Act in Santa Rosa had questions, but their concerns were big ones.

    Latinos make up 65 percent of the people in Sonoma County who received health care via Obamacare, according to the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

    And explaining how the insurance market works, and how to avoid scams and other pitfalls, is a concern for some of the Spanish-speakers at the forum, the newspaper reported.

    About 50,000 of the 70,000 Sonoma residents without healthcare will be able to receive it from Obamacare, the newspaper reported, but some have had to be warned not to pay fees to so-called insurance "brokers," the newspaper reported.

    U.S. Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, who hosted the forum, apologized for the low turnout. Some entered the forum thinking it was cheaper to pay the fine, the penalty for not carrying insurance.

    But all left being told that there is no substitute for insurance.