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Mon September 30, 2013

Insurance Marketplace Will Be Open For Business Tomorrow

More than three years after President Obama's Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Oklahomans without health insurance can finally start shopping for coverage.

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The long-anticipated opening of the insurance marketplace will occur Tuesday in spite of bitter opposition to the health care overhaul law by Oklahoma's highest elected officials, including Gov. Mary Fallin.

Among other things, the law requires all Americans to have health insurance, including plans offered by employers and government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, or pay a penalty.

Open enrollment through the federally operated insurance exchange will continue for six months. Coverage begins Jan. 1 for those who sign up by Dec. 15.

Consumers can shop, compare and buy health insurance plans online via healthcare.gov, through a call center, in person or by mail.

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