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Health Crusaders make first stop at Southern

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BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) -

Time is running out for those who are uninsured to sign up for Obama Care, but the Health Crusaders are touring several campuses spreading the word, and their first stop was Southern University. 

The president of Louisiana Health Equity, Alma Stewart, said the tour is important because if people are not insured by March 31, you can receive a penalty on your taxes next year. She adds that one in three young people, ages 18-34, are uninsured. Stewart explained that while most young adults are healthy, times have changed in recent years.

"A lot of young people are developing chronic conditions like diabetes, hypertension, and even other conditions like HIV/ AIDS that they need to know their status. And they need to seek routine preventive care and treatment," said Stewart.

 Kent Battiste was one of the many people signing up for Obama Care today. Battiste is a nursing major who has seen the benefit of having healthcare.

"I see a lot of people come to the hospital and they don't have insurance, and they don't have any funds for these expenses. So, I think having insurance to help cover be very beneficial," said Battiste.

And Shermaine Keys said her grandmother knows of those benefits, first hand.

"She really didn't have health insurance at first so when the Affordable Care Act came, she was able to get medication and things that she needed so that she can keep on," said Keys.

You can sign up for Obama Care on www.healthcare.gov  

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