US health insurance exchange to open in Oklahoma

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - More than three years after President Obama's Affordable Care Act was signed into law, Oklahomans without health insurance can finally start shopping for coverage.

The long-anticipated opening of the insurance marketplace will occur Tuesday in spite of bitter opposition to the health care overhaul law by Oklahoma's highest elected officials, including Governor Mary Fallin.

Among other things, the law requires all Americans to have health insurance, including plans offered by employers and government programs such as Medicare or Medicaid, or pay a penalty.

Open enrollment through the federally operated insurance exchange will continue for six months. Coverage begins January 1st for those who sign up by December 15th.

Consumers can shop, compare and buy health insurance plans online via, through a call center, in person or by mail.

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