Dec 14, 2013 11:39 PM by Olivia DeGennaro, KSBY News
Congresswoman Lois Capps hosted an informal meeting about health care reform in Santa Maria on Saturday.
Santa Maria County provided free screenings for people in the community at the meeting in the Santa Maria Health Care Center.
The goal of the event was to inform people about Covered California, the Affordable Care Act and expanded Medicaid. Those go into affect at the beginning of next year.
"This is what the Affordable Care Act, Obamacare if you will, looks like at the very personal level of a community," Capps said.
She says everyone is better off with access to healthcare.
"People who are healthy don't have as many sick days at work," Capps said. "People who are healthy go to school more regularly. People who are healthy don't spread communicable diseases that cause epidemics, like some at UCSB are experiencing outbreaks of contagious diseases. So everybody benefits when we have access to health care."
Capps says one in five Californians do not have health care coverage.
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