Despite the government shutdown, the insurance exchanges at the heart of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, open for business today.
The insurance marketplaces, accessible online or — depending on the state — at clinics and via telephone, ask that people sign up for a plan by December 15th.
Those who won't be going in to discuss their health insurance options in person will be going on HealthCare.gov to search for their options.
The vast online insurance marketplaces will allow participants to find the exchange offered in their state, check eligibility, sign up for coverage and calculate subsidies.
NPR's Elise Hu joins us to explain the challenges to such a large technological undertaking.
This segment aired on October 1, 2013.