Delaware gears up for Obamacare

By Amy Cherry 5:39pm, September 30, 2013 - Updated 6:11pm, September 30, 2013
Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf discusses the Health Insurance Marketplace.
Enrollment for Delawareans without health insurance begins Tuesday in compliance with Obamacare.

WDEL's Amy Cherry reports

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90,000 Delawareans are without health insurance. They'll face penalties under the Affordable Care Act, if they don't get coverage by January 1.

Starting Tuesday, state Health and Social Services Secretary Rita Landgraf wants those uninsured people to turn to the Delaware Health Insurance Marketplace.

"We expect up to 35,000 Delawareans to enroll on the marketplace. Many individuals and families will be eligible for tax subsidies, that's where it becomes affordable," explains Landgraf .

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In the marketplace, Delawareans have a choice of 19 plans that include essential health benefits like preventative care, no lifetime caps and no pre-existing conditions.

Dr. Lolita Lopez, President/CEO Westside Family Healthcare says her organization says they'll be working to take down barriers that low-income families in their communities often encounter when they attempt to purchase health insurance.

"Actually, when you access your health care is when you most realize, 'Boy, I needed that insurance,'" says Lopez.

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Congressman John Carney says a potential government shutdown would not stall the start of Obamacare.

To view the options available in Delaware click here.

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