Elected officials and community leaders held a forum in the Bronx Friday on the Affordable Care Act.
They explained how so-called "Obamacare" and the state Health Exchange will affect both the public and local businesses in the borough.
With signups just days away, organizers say it's important to eliminate any misinformation as well as fears that people may have.
"There's a lot of negative publicity out there, that's it's going to be too expensive, that people won't be able to get it, but that's a false image of the plan," said community organizer Blanca Ramirez. "That's why I'm here. I want to learn as much as I can so we can bring the information back to the community."
"What we're here today to do is to bring experts, folks that are knowledgeable about this issue, to be able to answer any questions that people may have, so that once they leave here, they know how they and their families can get coverage and be healthier as a result," said state Senator Gustavo Rivera of the Bronx.
Under the new law, people can start signing up for health insurance on the exchanges starting October 1.