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Job and Family Services in the Valley prepares for Affordable Care Act

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio- Job and Family Services offices in the valley say they have their hands full trying to prepare for October 1.

That's when the public can begin seeking health insurance under the federal Affordable Care Act, that's often referred to as Obamacare.

Job and Family Services will be tasked with determining Medicaid eligibility under the new guidelines.

Mahoning County's Director says they expect there will be an onslaught of questions about who does and does not qualify, and why.

"We're concerned because there are so many unknowns. The state has set up training for each agency to send two people, and then they went up to eight people on certain issues. The federal hub has a different computer system that doesn't interface with what we have, so the issues are going to be immense once they start," said Bob Bush, Director of Mahoning Valley Job and Family Services. 

The state and federal government will pick up the cost of making necessary computer upgrades and changes.

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