How smoothly enrollment goes is likely to vary somewhat by state.
Pennsylvania, for example, is one of 27 states where the federal government is running the state's health insurance exchange.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services awarded a little more than $2.5 million in grants -- a third of what some states received -- to train so-called "navigators" to provide in-person assistance to people who need enrollment help, according to Antoinette Kraus, director of the Pennsylvania Health Access Network.
"Our concern is that there will not be nearly enough (navigators) to keep up with the demand," she said. Her organization is encouraging community organizations to get certified to help educate consumers and assist them in applying for coverage.
"We will need an all-hands-on-deck approach to getting the word out," Kraus said.
Visit the official federal government website for details on coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
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