Illinois is building an 800-person army of temporary workers to help people sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
Carbondale is the only town hosting a training session locally.
The workers will help consumers apply for coverage, answer questions and explain differences between the insurance policies offered on the new online marketplace.
Applications for the jobs are being collected online and anyone hired will get three days of training about health insurance, enrollment rules and other complicated aspects of the health law. Illinois must act quickly to be ready for Oct. 1, the first day of enrollment for the law's new insurance opportunities.
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