Reps help residents sign up for health care


ORLANDO, Fla. - Representatives from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services were in Orlando on Sunday to help residents sign up for affordable health care.

Officials held an informational session and enrollment event at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church until 4 p.m. Sunday.

The Obama administration is continuing efforts to move beyond the problematic rollout of the website by holding events to help enroll individuals.

Dr. Richard Wild, a chief medical officer with CMS, was one of the guest speakers discussing the Affordable Care Act at Sunday's event.

"We stumbled out of the gate, but the race isn't over and we're back up and running," Wild said.

Several health care experts and insurance professionals were also in attendance to answer questions.

Obama's health care overhaul is designed to reduce the number of people without health insurance, both through an expansion of Medicaid and with new health care marketplaces where people can shop for private coverage and apply for government aid to pay premiums.

The launch of the health care website on Oct. 1 proved to be disastrous. The administration has spent the past two months working to upgrade the computer system.