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Alameda County will hire more workers to handle the influx of calls for the new health care law
Contra Costa Times

With about 55,000 of its low-income residents newly eligible for free public health coverage, Alameda County is looking to hire 185 workers to help get them enrolled. The county government has set up a call center in downtown Oakland to answer questions by phone about the health coverage changes coming Jan.

1 because of the federal Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare. California is setting up its own health coverage exchange while also expanding the Medi-Cal safety net, allowing most children and adults under 65 to get subsidized coverage if their incomes are at or below 138 percent of the federal poverty level.