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ACA enrollment begins Tuesday, Oct. 1

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Even if the federal government shuts down, enrollment will still begin Tuesday for the Affordable Care Act.  October 1 is the start date for the public to view and enroll in public health care plans offered under the legislation.

Costs in the health care exchange marketplace are determined by age, location, and smoking status.

Experts say the public plans are a good option, and everyone, even those with coverage, should at least compare the public coverage prices to their own especially in the state of Iowa.

"The Department of Health and Human Services released the premium rates for all of the states that are either partnering with the federal government or the market places are being run by the federal government, and Iowa has one of the lowest premiums in the entire country," said Tony Carrk, Health Care War Room Director for The Center for American Progress Action Fund.

While open enrollment in public health coverage starts Tuesday, the first deadline isn't for a few months.

If you want your coverage to start January 1, you must be enrolled by December 15.

You won't have to pay any penalties related to health care until March 31 of next year.

That's when you must be enrolled in a health care plan.

You'll find it under the health tab on ktiv.com called "Affordable Care Act Answers."
It features a special NBC tool that helps you understand the Affordable Care Act.

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