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More Than 50 Faith-Driven Events Take Place Across Country For Obamacare Enrollments

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This Oct. 21, 2013 photo shows the U.S. government Internet health insurance exchange Healthcare.gov. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

This Oct. 21, 2013 photo shows the U.S. government Internet health insurance exchange Healthcare.gov. (credit: KAREN BLEIER/AFP/Getty Images)

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TAMPA (CBS Tampa/AP) — In an effort to get people signed up for Obamacare across the country, more than 50 faith-driven events took place this past weekend as part of “Health Care in the Pulpit.”

“Health Care in the Pulpit” is part of the “Get Covered America” initiative backed by Enroll America, a nonpartisan organization which is operated in 10 states “whose mission is to maximize the number of uninsured Americans who enroll in health coverage made available by the Affordable Care Act.”

Florida, one of the states that houses operations for Enrollment America, saw a big push for uninsured people to sign up for health care over the weekend.

Community organizers went to churches and synagogues to ask the congregation to fill out cards with basic information for themselves or someone they knew that needed health insurance, according to WJXT-TV.

“Pastors are trusted messengers,” Anthony Penna, Enroll America community organizer, told WJXT. “They’ll be able to get the story across, they’ll be able to relate to that story and they’ll be able to ask people to enroll in health insurance.”

The group’s Florida director, Nicholas Duran, said residents have been eager to learn about options.

However, counselors across the state have had difficulty actually enrolling consumers because of the troubled healthcare.gov website run by federal health officials. Many have been unable to even see how much health plans cost because of the website.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is expected to testify Wednesday before Congress about the glitches the Obamacare website has been dealing with.

Enroll America’s “Get Covered America” campaign launched in June.

(TM and © Copyright 2013 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2013 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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