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More than 20 percent of New Mexicans don’t have health insurance.

Marlene Baca, who is with Lovelace Health Plan, led a public forum explaining health care reform Wednesday.

The forum was hosted by Lovelace Health System.

Baca said President Barack Obama’s plan not only helps those without insurance, but many others such as those who are self-employed, who aren’t offered or can’t afford employer health care and small business owners looking for an affordable way to insure their workers.

Under the Affordable Health Care act, anyone with pre-existing health problems can’t be denied coverage.

Beginning Oct. 1, people can log on to BeWellNM.com, put in their information and shop for the health care coverage that best suits them.

The state website will also tell people if they qualify for tax credits or subsidies that will help cover the cost.

Under Affordable Health Care, children under the age of 26 can stay on their parents’ health insurance plan.

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