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Open enrollment in the health insurance exchange, also called the marketplace, established under the Affordable Care Act begins Oct. 1. What should Mississipians do?

Answers will come Sept. 26, when AARP holds a tele-town hall from 6 to 7 p.m. Participants in the statewide telephone call can listen and ask questions.

About 19 percent of Mississippi’s 2.9 million residents are uninsured, making them candidates for coverage in the exchange, which functions like an online marketplace.

Residents in all 82 Mississippi counties will have access to at least one health care plan, and about 229,000 Mississippians will be eligible for federal tax credits to help pay for coverage.

Register for the tele-town hall by calling 877-926-8300 toll-free.