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Health care information fair in SC Lowcountry

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NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC/AP) -

Charleston and North Charleston are getting together to help people navigate the new health care law.

The cities hosted an Affordable Healthcare Information Fair at the Charleston Area Convention Center on Sunday.

The fair offered residents a chance to meet with certified agents and application counselors and ask questions about ways to enroll for health insurance through the federal health care marketplace. There were informational presentations every 30 minutes about the federal health care act.

North Charleston Mayor Keith Summey says the fair is designed to help eliminate confusion about the act while Charleston Mayor Joe Riley says the fair gives folks a chance to learn more about the health care marketplace.

Answering questions and helping people sign up for health insurance through the online marketplace was Shelli Quenga's number one goal.

Quenga is Director of Programs with the Palmetto Project, one of many organizations that participated in the health care informational fair.

"We know that if parents have coverage, kids are more likely to have coverage. So then we have healthy kids going to school who can learn and do better for our state," said Quenga.

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