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Are you or your loved ones among the one in eight Americans who don’t have health insurance? You can get covered right now, through the Health Insurance Marketplace.

Exactly one month remains in the Marketplace’s second open-enrollment period, which allows Americans to gain affordable health coverage for their specific needs through the federal or state “exchanges.” Or, if you already enrolled in a plan during last year’s open enrollment, offers tools to help you select different coverage at lower prices.

The Marketplace continues to lower U.S. rates of uninsurance to unprecedented levels. More than 8 million Americans got health coverage during the Marketplace’s first open-enrollment period, which spanned from Oct. 1, 2013-March 31, 2014, lowering the nation’s uninsurance rate to its lowest level since the 1990s.

U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced a target of 9.1 million new and returning Americans to get coverage through the Marketplace by Feb. 15, the final day of the second open-enrollment period. HHS announced this week that 6.8 million people have enrolled in the federal exchange, which only includes 37 states.

“If you don’t enroll by February 15, then you may have to wait until next year to sign up for affordable coverage,” Burwell said in a statement this week. “In the first month, 87 percent of consumers got financial assistance to help lower the cost of premiums.”

Check out APHA’s health reform page to learn how the Affordable Care Act is making our nation healthier, including our one-page fact sheet, “Why Do We Need the Affordable Care Act?”