Thousands of uninsured Americans can now shop for health insurance through new insurance exchanges as part of the Affordable Care Act, often dubbed Obamacare.

The Berks Community Health Center provides health services for people in the heart of Reading. About 20 percent of its patients are uninsured.

Now, with the start of the Affordable Care Act, the staff is looking forward to getting people the insurance they need and answering questions like, 'How do I qualify?' and 'What plan should I choose?'

"Now we will be able to help them maneuver a marketplace to help them choose an insurance company," said Mary Kargbo, CEO, Berks Community Health Center.

Through the Affordable Care Act, Kargbo said people will be able to select coverage based on their income that meets their specific needs.

"What we want to do is take care of them here and to provide preventive care, to provide chronic disease management and continued care for their medical conditions so that we can better reduce the cost of health care," said Kargbo.

Kargbo said the word is not totally out yet, but she is confident once people learn about the benefits of signing up for coverage, they will have a lot of people enroll.

The open enrollment started Tuesday and lasts for six months. Coverage will begin Jan. 1.

In addition to visiting the health center, you can visit the federal government's health care website.