Millions of Americans can now shop for health insurance, thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The Health Insurance Marketplace opened at 12:01 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 1.

The partial government shutdown will have no immediate effect on the insurance marketplaces because they operate with money that's not part of the annual federal budget.

To learn more about the new Health Insurance Marketplace, visit our comprehensive Health Care Reform section

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You can watch as WFMZ's Melanie Falcon explains how to sign up for the Health Care Marketplace.