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It has been a year since Mandy Howard underwent treatment for severe anemia.

Although she needs a blood transfusion and other therapy every six months, she couldn’t schedule a recent appointment, she said.

“I don’t have health insurance,” said Howard of Lancaster, blaming expensive rates through her employer’s health plan. “I turn pale. My fingers turn blue. I’m not as healthy as I should be.”

On Saturday, she was among a crowd lined up outside the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center to learn more about the new Affordable Care Act.

Downtown Dallas was the final stop for the Be Covered Texas information forum, sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Texas.

Earlier this month, the campaign traveled to Houston, drawing about 4,600 people. Attendance in Dallas was more than twice that. Even before the fair ended, the turnout was estimated at nearly 10,000.

Free flu shots and screenings for diabetes, cholesterol and dental care were also available Saturday, though those services weren’t connected to insurance enrollment.

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