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California Hospitals May Help People Get Health Insurance

California hospitals could play a key role in helping to enroll people in health insurance plans. Beginning in October, hospitals will have a special tool at their disposal: a web portal that’s linked to Covered California, the online exchange where people will be able to shop for health plans and apply for federal subsidies. Hospitals that want to help people with the process will need to get special training from the state. Jan Emerson Shea, vice president of external affairs for the California Hospital Association, said she believes hospitals should help enroll the uninsured. She said, after all, they’re treating people anyway.