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A meeting on Tuesday in Raleigh County answered the public's questions about the Affordable Health Care Act.

Representatives with the "West Virginians for Affordable Health Care" met with people in our area looking to enroll for health insurance. 59News spoke with a family who became emotional on this historic day.

"Without it, it's basically getting down to one thing or another. Your rent or insurance, your car or your health insurance. Right now my daughter is covered, but me and my husband aren't," resident Kelly Graham.

Doris Selko, Southern Regional Coordinator for West Virginians for Affordable Health Care answered one of the biggest questions: who can apply, and what do you get.

"We know that if you are below 138% of the poverty level that you would qualify for the Medicaid expansion. If you go up to the 400% of the poverty level, that you would get some benefits through the exchanges which are tax credits that go directly to help pay your insurance premium," Selko told us.

If you enroll from October 1st through December 15th, your coverage will start on January 1st. Graham told 59News the Affordable Health Care Act would have helped her and her family if it existed earlier.

"Recently, heart disease is on our family, if she would have had an annual Medicaid checkup it could have been prevented, so just preventative health care would be great," she said.

"You're looking at about 200,000 people in West Virginia that will benefit from the marketplace whether they go in and qualify for the Medicaid or for the private insurance or don't qualify through a subsidy but get their insurance through the exchange," Selko concluded.

If you are uninsured and would like to enroll for either Medicaid or other private insurance policies online, visit www.healthcare.gov