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Open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act begins

Danielle Burrell knows finding healthcare coverage can be a challenge.

"It's hard," said Burrell. "Thankfully, I work for a program that covers me. My daughter is not covered by my employer, so I have to think that through."

It's why she stopped to talk with experts with 504 Health Net and the New Orleans Health Department. Burrell wants to see what round two of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act has to offer.

"It's a lot of information out there, but if's great someone is willing to explain it," said Burrell. 

Starting now, Louisiana residents have a chance to enroll or make changes to their health insurance coverage for the coming year. Susan Todd, Executive Director of 504 Health Net, is making sure people know their options.

"We have 98 people who are certified application counselors. There are people who can sit with you one on one. People you can on the phone, and they can walk you through the application process," said Todd. She says roughly 50,000 people in Orleans Parish are still uninsured.

Open enrollment ends February 15. But if you want coverage to start by the new year, you'll need to enroll by December 15.

"So many of us go without coverage. I think we just don't realize that now that the program is there," said Burrell. It's a way of thinking health care leaders are working to change.

For more information head to HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596.

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