With one of the highest rates of uninsured in the nation, Georgia could well find itself at the forefront of the debate over health care and implementation of President Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. In a nod to helping Georgians find insurance through the newly created health care marketplaces and highlighting new awards and initiatives aimed at local institutions, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will be in Atlanta on Friday to visit the Southside Medical Center.

Sebelius will participate in events that help detail the ways Georgians can learn about the Health Insurance Marketplace and enroll in coverage under the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare. She will be joined by former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. Fulton County Chairman John Eaves will also join Sebelius on the visit.

Sebelius will see some of the different education efforts underway to inform Atlanta-area community members about their options as she meets with local assistors and consumers planning to enroll in coverage through the Marketplace. Secretary Sebelius will also highlight the $150 million in awards announced this week under the Affordable Care Act to support 236 new health center sites across the country, including a $379,167 award for the Southside Medical Center.

Earlier in the day, Secretary Sebelius will deliver remarks at the 29th Annual Rosalynn Carter Symposium on Mental Health Policy, where she and Carter will discuss how access to mental health care could improve with the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

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