AUGUSTA — Capital-area legislators are hosting a forum Wednesday night to help members of the public understand the federal health insurance marketplace and ask questions about problems they’ve experienced.

The forum will be held at 6:30 p.m. at University of Maine at Augusta’s Jewett Hall. It will begin with a panel discussion from Ray Hurd, a regional administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, and representatives from the two insurance providers on the exchange.

Representatives from the two navigator organizations, Maine Lobstermen’s Association and Kennebec Valley Community Action, will also be present.

The Affordable Care Act forum is hosted by Sen. Roger Katz, R-Augusta, and Republican representatives Matthew Pouliot and Corey Wilson, and Rep. Lori Fowle, D-Vassalboro.

Katz, the assistant Maine Senate Republican leader, said in a release from the party’s Senate office the group of legislators organized the panel to help answer questions people have about the federal law.

“Obviously, people have been extremely frustrated in trying to get access to the federal website,” Katz said in the release. “Many are frustrated about not being able to keep their own insurance, and there are still many questions about who must sign up and when penalties kick in for non-compliance.”

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