Nightly News   |  September 27, 2013

Nurses push to prep would-be patients on new health care law

A group of nurses goes out into the community to educate consumers about the new health care law. NBC’s Nancy Snyderman reports.

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>>> back now as promised with more on this new health care law . politics aside, a lot of americans are feeling confused and uneasy about this prospect of signing up for insurance so they're counting on some of the more trusted voices in their communities and that means nurses to help explain all of it. our chief medical editor dr. nancy snyderman has our report.

>> you can get on that --

>> reporter: at this barber shop near phoenix there's always a lively debate. same across town. and lately the conversation has been about the new health care law .

>> translator: it's something i hear often. my clients are very afraid.

>> reporter: that's why nurses are coming here and other places where people gather.

>> the most questions that come up are about not having insurance.

>> reporter: explaining the changes coming to those who may never have had health insurance before.

>> people had have never been insured don't know what a co-pay is, don't know what a premium is. because we are nurses that will be taking care of these families that are going to come into our care, we want them to be prepare ed.

>> reporter: it's a major push by the national association of hispanic nurses and the national black nurses association. there are more than 3 million registered nurses on the front lines of american health care .

>> wanting to talk to you a little bit about the affordable care act .

>> reporter: they say it's better medicine and cost effective when people are insured and don't need to rely on the emergency room for clinic conditions.

>> what we'll do is vanessa and john -- my goal is to go out and teach those if you prevent something from happening, especially if you know that it's in your family, if you know that there's going to be a way where it's going to be paid for prior to actually getting that disease, will you get it?

>> reporter: one groove we've been he group we've been hearing a lot from are senior citizens . what will i gain or lose if i am on medicare? walt, if you're on medicare, you're already covered. you don't have to worry about signing up for insurance and you may see expanded benefits for checkups and drug coverage. you can find more information at healthcare.gov or on nbcnightlynews.com.

>>> we'll stay at it, nancy, thank you, as always.