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Aug 25, 2013 9:07 PM by Erika Flores

Enrollment through Affordable Care Act begins Oct. 1

TUCSON-Earlier this year, Governor Jan Brewer signed a law to expand the Medicaid program making about 300 thousand additional residents eligible for the Medicaid program.

Come October 1, enrollment in the Affordable Care Act starts that healthcare reform ws signed into law by President Obama in 2010.

Its goal is to make preventative care more accessible and end discrimination for pre-existing conditions.

Starting October 1, a new health insurance marketplace will open for enrollment gving people a way to find a private insurance plan that fits their budget.

David Campas said he was in a car accident in 2010.

"And it really destroyed my back, and now I'm in constant pain, my sense of balance is completely shot," said Campas.

He said he's racked up over 100 thousand dollars in medical bill and said that experience has made him realize how important it is to have health insurance.

"If we were in my shoes and didn't have insurance, we would be destitute. I wouldn't be able to get the medical care that I needed, and it would just be a terrible thing," said Campas.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 19 percent of Arizonans do not have insurance, and 91 percent of them may qualify for lower costs on coverage including through Medicaid.

"Seniors are beginning to see the donut hole go away. That's where they have to pay larger amounts of money for their medication. Middle class families who have kids in college can now keep them on their insurance until age 26," said Barber. "I wish that were in effect when my daughters were going to college because we had to pay out of pocket to get the insurance."

While some provisions of the Affordable Care Act have already taken effect, more will be implemented in the coming years.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Arizona has received over 30 million dollars in grants for research, planning, information technology development and implementation of its health insurance marketplace.

Here is a link to the marketplace: https://www.healthcare.gov/

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