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healthcare options begin Tuesday as the marketplace opens and uninsured
Americans can start signing up for a plan under the new Affordable Care Act.
are more than 1.5 million people in Ohio who don't have health insurance.
Several different plans will be available for individuals and small business
owners to choose from, starting Tuesday.
who sign up by Dec. 14 will see their coverage kick in by the new year, and
leaders at UTMC say when that kicks in, they're expecting fewer people to delay
health visits they might need.
people who have not had health insurance will have the security of being
covered, so they're more likely to see a doctor or go to the hospital," said
Dr. Carl Sirio, vice president of medical affairs at UTMC. "What many folks do
now is just delay healthcare, often times until much later than they should."
enrollment for healthcare runs until March 31. After that, uninsured Americans
could face a fine.