BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland has opened a call center to help residents learn more about health care reform.

The center opened in Baltimore on Wednesday. It will include bilingual staff to help residents and small employers with health coverage options. It also will have staff available to help explain financial assistance options.

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From now until Sept. 30, the center will help residents with general questions about health coverage and preparations for open enrollment. The hours of operation are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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It will be staffed with 125 representatives on Oct. 1, when residents can begin selecting health insurance plans through the state-based insurance market place. The call center will be open seven days a week during the open enrollment period, which ends on March 31.

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