LEWISTON, Maine (NECN) -- The countdown is on and the 46 employees at Maine Community Health Options in Lewiston are getting ready to welcome uninsured Mainers to Obamacare, or the Affordable Care Act.
Maine Community Health Options is a new player in this game, a non-profit company that received a 62 million dollar federal loan to make it solvent and help with start up costs.
Years of work to get to the starting line. It's Monday, October 1 when open enrollment begins for the millions of Americans without health insurance - about 133,000 in Maine.
"You'll be able to go there and compare plans on a side by side basis and know the
rates and potential subsidies," said Mitchell Stein, Policy Director, Consumers for Affordable Health Care.
It's estimated two thirds of Mainers would qualify for subsidies.
Competition could help lower the costs as well. Anthem is the other company in Maine offering
insurance plans in the marketplace. Does Anthem's size and familiar name create a David vs. Goliath battle for the start up nonprofit?
"Maine has looked and checked them out and they have the money to do what they say they are going to do so that's important and nullifies the 'David and Goliath,'" said Stein.
Maine Community Health Partners says it can compete with Anthem.
"We compare favorably across the state and almost every product design," said Kevin Lewis, CEO if Maine Community Health Options. "Just because we are new not offering at a higher price."
The competition begins and consumers can judge for themselves on October 1.