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Federal health care marketplace busy at start of online enrollment period

Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act opened this week. It has been busy at the enrollment site, www.healthcare.gov.

Mary Beth Chambers, spokesperson for Kansas Blue Cross Blue Shield, was a guest on Wednesday's On-Air Chat. She says the changes are designed to bring health care to people who currently don't have it.

www.HealthCare.gov has been extremely busy and Chambers said it might be wise to wait a few days for activity to slow down. You have until December 15th to enroll.

Chambers says as many as 200,000 uninsured residents out of Kansas' 2.9 million citizens will be impacted by the changes.

There are numerous web sites out there to help with your questions. One of those at the state level is www.insureks.org. Consumer Reports magazine offers a free on line tool as well, www.healthlawhelper.org.

The Kansas Insurance Department has a special information meeting at 7 pm Thursday at the Bowyer Community Building.

KVOE News Director Chuck Samples contributed to this report.

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