Starting October 1, Americans can start shopping around for health care coverage; it's a part of the insurance exchange program through the Affordable Care Act. The changes could affect hundreds of thousands of people across the board.
Daniel Wylie opened the doors at his small menswear shop three years ago. But for the past decade, he's been operating without insurance.
"You get older, and everyday you're just lucky that you don't have to go to the doctor, I suppose," Wylie says. He says the rising cost of healthcare is beyond his budget.
"It's not realistic for a business of our size to provide insurance," he says. "So hopefully this will all develop into a system in this country where everybody can have healthcare."
Emporio Grano's owner, Gino Troia, says the changes could not only help his staff, but thousands of other Marylanders.
"We just have to come up with the right formula," Troia says, "someone who makes $20,000 per year, how can that person afford that insurance, and should that person get it for free?"
With open enrollment kicking off next Tuesday, many people say it will give them the ability to afford the coverage.
"This is really smart for all of us," says President of Maryland Citizens' Health Initiative, Vincent DeMarco. "That everyone who's eligible for health coverage get it, because when they're covered we're better off."
DeMarco urges anyone unhappy with their current coverage to contact the Maryland Health Connection and check your eligibility, so come October 1 you're ready to sign up. You can get that information at MarylandHealthConnection.gov or by calling 855-642-8572.
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