Members of the state nonprofit consumer health care advocacy groupTennessee Health Care Campaign is sponsoring an informational meeting about the Affordable Care Act Feb. 23.

Board member of the Tennessee Health Care CampaignKatherlyn Geter will speak about provisions of the act and will discuss how local citizens can apply for health insurance coverage under the act.

If you go

What: Informational meeting about the Affordable Care Act

When: Feb. 23, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Where:Eastgate Town Center,5600 Brainerd Road

Geter is alsoregional coordinator for theSoutheast Health Care Insurance Assistance Program, which provides information and advocacy about Medicare.

The Affordable Care Act’s provisions will continue to roll out over the next few years, and it means that many of the 30 million uninsured Americans will have to buy health insurance.

Those who don’t will have to pay a fine.

The act is meant to make health care more affordable.

State leaders had the option of running their own exchange-which isan online marketplace where customers can shop for insurance-or to let federal government leaders do it.

Gov. Bill Haslam opted for a federally run exchange.

By the numbers

-6.5 million: Tennessee residents

-869,500: Residents between the ages of 0 and 64 who are uninsured in Tennessee

-549,600: Uninsured white residents

-185,100:Uninsured black residents

-103,900: Uninsured Hispanic residents

-492,200: Uninsured male residents

-377,300: Uninsured female residents

Source:Tennessee Health Care Campaign

Tennesseans with income levels between 100 and 400 percent of the federal poverty level-which is between$11,170 to $44,680 for a family of one and between $23,050 and $92,200 for a family of four-can get subsidies on premiums to buy coverage through the exchange, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee spokeswomanMaryDanielson said via email in December, according to archives.

Beginning in October, consumers can start enrolling for health care coverage, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2014.

Area residents who attend the upcoming informational meeting can register to get updates and information via mail or email.

The meeting is open to anyone who is currently uninsured or who wants information about how the act will impact them, their families or businesses.

Leaders with the Tennessee Health Care Campaign have been advocating for universal access to health care since 1989, according to a news release.

Tennessee lawmakers are now considering legislation about prohibiting the expansion of TennCare, the state’s Medicaid program, according to the news release.