Sep 8, 2013 5:05 PM by Associated Press
PHOENIX - A yearslong effort to enroll Arizona residents into health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act started over the weekend as volunteers canvassed neighborhoods throughout Phoenix and Tempe.
The Arizona Republic reports the volunteers are seeking out some of the state's 1 million uninsured residents.
Using mapping technology and political-campaign-style organization, the national nonprofit group Enroll America is working with local health care and social-service agencies to locate the uninsured, answer questions about the federal health care overhaul and get them signed up.
Enrollment in Arizona's expanded Medicaid program and the online insurance marketplace begins in October.
Allen Gjersvig of the Arizona Alliance for Community Health Centers says this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to increase the number of people who have coverage.