Exchange working here, apply for coverage now

As a volunteer for AARP, I have learned a great deal about the new Affordable Care Act.

Despite the problems that plagued the federal health insurance exchange, Connecticut's marketplace, Access Health CT, is open for business and working well. Thousands of Connecticut residents who lack health insurance have already signed up and will begin receiving coverage as early as Jan. 1, 2014.

The plans available through the marketplace are required to cover important health benefits like doctor visits, emergency care, prescriptions, and preventive care. The opportunity to purchase affordable health insurance is one of the most important shopping events of the year. There are many resources out there to guide you but at the end of the day, it's up to you to make the best health care decision for you and your family.

For practical, personalized information on how the law affects you and your loved ones, explore the interactive tool at www.HealthLawAnswers.org (or in Spanish at www. MiLeyDeSalud.org). To learn more about the law's provisions, go to www.HealthLawFacts.org.

I would encourage everyone who lacks health insurance to learn how the new health care law can work for you and your family.

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