Affordable Care Act open enrollment: What you need to know

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Saturday marks the start of open enrollment for individual health insurance plans under the federal Affordable Care Act.

Rolled out last year, the individual mandate of the Affordable Care Act brought major changes to insurance coverage in the U.S., creating essential benefits that must be covered and requiring that most Americans have health insurance. As the mandate approaches its second year, a three-month open enrollment period is beginning.

Alaskans use the federal “marketplace” — — to sign up for insurance plans. Last year, nearly 13,000 Alaskans signed up for health insurance through, many during the last month of open enrollment. Most of them were eligible for subsidies that reduced their premium costs.

Planning to enroll or already enrolled? Here’s what you need to know. Click here for full story, Alaska Dispatch News.