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First lady visits So. Fla to discuss health coverage

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MIAMI (WSVN) -- First Lady Michelle Obama was back in South Florida to help others sign up for the Affordable Care Act.

Signs in English, Spanish and Creole were posted outside the Jessie Trice Community Health Center Wednesday in an attempt to bring in as many people as possible. "When we came through, I knew it was something going on," Tangela Moore said, "cameras and all the security and police."

Moore and her daughter Bianca did not get the call, but others who signed up at the health center did. "We had individuals that on a waiting list that we called, and we said, 'Would you like to come today to get enrolled for health insurance?'" said President and CEO of the Jessie Trice Community Center Annie Neasman. "When they got here, then, you know, Mrs. Obama's here."

First Lady Obama made her second South Florida stop in eight days. Last Tuesday, she celebrated four years of her "Let's Move" campaign. Wednesday's visit was one last push for the Affordable Care Act. "Some folks might feel a little intimidated to get on line and make a phone call," Obama said. "This is all new to so many people, but because of so many places like this community health center, because of your work, we got four million people who have signed up for health care."

A statement was released from Governor Rick Scott's office that read, "Obamacare is raiding Medicare with the support of Charlie Crist, and that means seniors will lose their doctors, pay more for health care and have a harder time getting the care they need."

After a rocky rollout of the glitch-plagued healthcare.gov website, Trice staff members said their 47 years in the community is the reason a number of the 300,000 enrollees who signed up in the state, did so at one of their locations. "We have our certified counselors out in the community, at various sites in the community, at Jessie Trice locations so that we are reachable and that we are in touch," said CFO of the Jessie Trice Community Center Katrina Bumpers.

"We are averaging around 90 individuals a day. We've done over 5,200 individuals since October of last year," Neasman said.

"For those of us who are mothers and grandmothers and aunts and uncles, we know that anything can happen in life, especially for young people," Obama said.

The real test will be signing up others such as Bianca Moore, a college student, before the March 31 deadline for open enrollment.

If anyone happens to miss the deadline and does not happen to have individual or family coverage, they will be subject to a fine. "I'll need my health insurance care, so it helps me, so I have a better future," Moore said.

The Obama administration hoped to have seven million people signed up by the deadline. The number is currently about four million.

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