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Sign-up for ACA approaching

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By: Brittany Paris

Open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, ACA, starts on October 1, but it seems a lot of people don't know what they're supposed to do.

A special two hour meeting was held Thursday night to make things more clear.

"My insurance is going to be canceled at the end of the year so I want to know how to apply for insurance here," Susan Dale, Lincoln, said.

AARP Nebraska and the League of Women Voters put together a panel discussion at the Unitarian Church to talk about what the law means for Nebraskans and how they can get coverage.

"It really is to get people information on the healthcare law," Connie Benjamin, State Director of AARP Nebraska, said. "What does it mean? When is it going to happen? What does it mean for me individually?"

Questions people at the meeting want answers to.

"I don't understand much of it. There's been a lot of confusion, some of it intentional, some of it not," John Atkeison, Lincoln, said. "I think the question is can I afford it this way because I sure can't afford it the old way."

Carrie Watson works in the medical field. She went to the meeting just to make sure she knows how to answer patient's questions.

"I've come across a lot of people who are on that cusp of not having insurance, kinda having insurance, and so I just want to learn more about that to give the resources of where to go," Watson said.

The ACA will make healthcare available to nearly 200,000 Nebraskans who aren't covered right now. That includes anyone with a pre-existing condition. And it creates new marketplaces that allow insurers to offer more affordable coverage.

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