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Thousands in the Lowcountry still uninsured

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Gaynelle Dantzler, administrative director of Reimbursement Services Gaynelle Dantzler, administrative director of Reimbursement Services
BEAUFORT CO., SC (WTOC) -

Beaufort County ranks among South Carolina's top 20 percent in the highest number of uninsured people.

That number is even higher in Jasper County. The Affordable Care Act, a new federal healthcare law, requires the uninsured to get quality healthcare coverage.

In 2012, Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services reported more than 7,400 people came through their doors needing healthcare.

"I think the most important piece of the Affordable Care Act is people are educated about their options, they need to be educated about their insurance options as well as they need to know that they do have options as to where they seek quality healthcare, they also need to know that Beaufort Jasper Hampton Comprehensive Health Services is an option," said Gaynelle Dantzler, administrative director of Reimbursement Services.

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act starts on Oct. 1 and will close on March 31.

Those who don't have insurance by then will face a tax penalty.

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