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Day 1 under Affordable Care Act

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Many Americans are still wondering if signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act will be a good fit for their families.

Under the new program, people say the thing they are most excited about is the ability to choose the program that best suits their family's needs.

Starting Tuesday, 1.4 million Ohioans are eligible to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. Of those, 71 percent have full-time jobs, but no health insurance.

Kim Kensler is one of them. She's been without insurance for 10 years.

"To have the opportunity to choose it is huge," Kensler said. "To select what I want and what I need."

Local health officials broke the issues down for people during a press conference. Within the next week, 30 employees will be hired at the Neighborhood Health Association (NHA). The navigators will help people understand which option is best for them.

"The people that are designed to assist people with the enrollment processes are not available, but we are hopefully that they will be available by the end of this month," said Doni Miller, CEO of the NHA.

While not everyone is in favor of the new law, people who have been scraping by without insurance say they now have peace of mind.

"Peace of mind, and the ability to take care of a few minor health issues before they become serious," Kensler said.

Click here for more information on how to enroll under the Affordable Care Act.

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