Thu., August 15, 2013 4:45pm (EDT)

Georgia Gets $3.8M For Obamacare
By Orlando Montoya
Updated: 11 months ago

SAVANNAH, Ga.  —  
Sherry Worthy is head of the College of Family and Consumer Services at the University of Georgia.  (photo University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Services)
Sherry Worthy is head of the College of Family and Consumer Services at the University of Georgia. (photo University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Services)
Federal health officials said Thursday that Georgia will be getting $3.8 million to help people sign up for insurance under the new health care law.

Most Americans will have to find health insurance by the end of the year or face a fine.

The challenge of guiding people and businesses through the process in Georgia now falls on the University of Georgia and a New York-based group called Seedco.

The two groups will share $3.8 million.

Sherry Worthy of UGA's College of Family and Consumer Sciences says the school will work mostly in rural areas.

"We're very excited and a little nervous that we have a lot of work to do and very fast," Worthy says.

Worthy says UGA will hire so-called "health navigators" to guide people through the enrollment process.

"We've got presentations," Worthy says. "We have information that will be coming from the federal level that we will be disbursing. We won't be creating any of the information ourselves. We'll be using information that we're given to provide to uninsured residents."

They have to be hired and trained by the time enrollment starts in October.