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Lisa Bentley-Long is self-employed, and she was born with a heart condition. She says she jumped at the chance to sign up for an insurance plan on the www.healthcare.gov marketplace, a website created under the recent Affordable Care Act.

“I take anticoagulants that's why I have had a couple of strokes,” said Bentley-Long.

Bentley Long says she enrolled in the Consumer's Choice Plan. According to the website she qualified for it, and it was available in the Spartanburg County area. But she says her doctor and her local county hospital would not accept the plan.

“They absolutely would not take it,” said Bentley-Long. “And there are several other doctors in Spartanburg that are the same way."

Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System Spokesperson Eric Lawson says the hospital is only accepting one marketplace plan at this time: Coventry One Healthcare.

In a statement the hospital says “Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System will continue to review new plans and negotiate with existing plans."

7 On Your Side also checked with healthcare,gov advisers. They say before you enroll it is important to view the plans available in your area.

Go to that plan’s website and check the provider directory for available doctors and hospitals.

Call the provider to ask for specific doctors.

And call your doctor to double check if they accept your plan.

We checked with other hospitals. Greenville Health System says all of its hospital locations have contracts with all marketplace plans. GHS also co-owns Baptist Easley. It accepts all plans, but some benefits are at a tier-two level.

Here's the bottom line: If you are already enrolled in a marketplace plan under the Affordable Care Act you can change your plan during open enrollment if it hasn't taken effect.

Open enrollment under the Affordable Care Act runs through March 31st. You can make changes or apply online by phone or in person with a local adviser.

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