MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – The Minnesota Department of Commerce held a “listening” session Monday for people who will have to change their health insurance coverage when the Affordable Care Act goes into effect on Oct. 1.

The video conference included questions from a number of people from 38 counties in the state.

READ MORE: Winter Flower Show

Tim Vande Hey is the deputy commissioner of the Commerce Department’s insurance division.

“These listening sessions have given us direction going forward to create a draft transition plan which we did from May 1 to June 15,” Vande Hey said.

The draft was released, and they are now getting comments on it.

READ MORE: COVID In Minnesota: 57 More Deaths Added To State's Toll; Positivity Still Inching Down

“We have been hearing a lot about what the choices will be,” he said.

There are about 35,000 people who are insured under the Minnesota Comprehensive Health Association.

That is an insurance pool for high-risk people who were unable to get insurance elsewhere.

Vande Hey says many of them are worried that their pre-existing condition won’t be covered.

“They want to keep their same doctors,” he said

MORE NEWS: 'All I Can Do Is Work': Kwesi Adofo-Mensah Says He Was 'Meant To Be' Vikings' GM

Vande Hey says there are about 1.3 million Minnesotans who will have made a change, either because they are under the MCHA plan or they are just uninsured.