Information about the state's new health insurance exchange will be available at a rally Saturday, Sept. 28, in Richland.
The community outreach event runs from 2 to 5 p.m. at the fingernail stage at Howard Amon Park.
"With so much misinformation and lack of access to accurate information about the new health plans, we felt it important to host a community outreach event to help inform citizens about their options come October," said Carol Moser, spokeswoman for the rally, in a news release.
Moser is the executive director of the Benton Franklin Community Health Alliance.
The rally is being organized by the local Coalition for Affordable Health Care. Information on health plans available through the online exchange will be provided, and trained "in-person assisters" will be on hand to field questions about eligibility and enrollment.
Open enrollment starts Oct. 1. Roughly 44,000 residents in Benton and Franklin counties are uninsured, and "a large majority" are eligible for expanded Medicaid or tax credits to buy insurance through the exchange, the release said.
Under the federal Affordable Care Act, most Americans must have health insurance by next year or pay a penalty.