RICHMOND (AP) -- More than $1.7 million in federal funds is being made available to help two Virginia firms enroll uninsured individuals into health insurance coverage.

Rep. Bobby Scott says Advanced Patient Advocacy and Virginia Poverty Law Center, both in Richmond, were awarded the funds to be 'marketplace navigators.'

Officials say the 'navigators' will serve as an in-person resource for those who want additional help shopping for and enrolling in insurance plans beginning this fall.

They will help consumers understand their coverage options, determine their eligibility, and enroll in new health insurance options.

Meantime,Scott is hosting an information session on Health Care Reform on Monday, August 19, in Norfolk City Council chambers. It's from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

'Obamacare is the law of the land and my constituents deserve to have all the necessary information available to them to understand how this new law will help improve their lives and the lives of their families,' he said.

Also at the session will be Joanne Grossi, regional director for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Marco Grimaldo, president/CEO of the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy.

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