VIDEO: Health Insurance Marketplace kicks off for uninsured

Many Delawareans who thought they couldn't afford health insurance will soon be able to sign up for it under a new program that's part of the Affordable Care Act.

WDEL's Mellany Armstrong reports.

Gia Cotman lost her job and her health insurance in 2011. Then she became pregnant with her second child.

"I was 27 weeks pregnant the first time I saw a doctor to receive prenatal care, which was a huge risk for me, or for any expectant mother to take," she said.

Maria Matos, president of the Latin American Community Center, sees many families who can use Delaware's new Health Insurance Marketplace.

"The cost of private family covers equal almost two weeks of take-home pay," she said.

Marketplace guides will be stationed at health and community organizations to help individuals and small businesses enroll in the program October 1st.

"We'll work with individuals one on one, based on what their individualized situation is, based on what their budget is," Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf said.

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