Health/Medical
7:55 am
Wed October 2, 2013

Neb. health enrollment slowed by computer glitches

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — The new, federal health care marketplace is off to a bumpy start in Nebraska, with computer problems that have prevented consumers from signing up for insurance right away.

Roger Furrer is executive director of Community Action of Nebraska. He said the federal website wasn't allowing users to complete the enrollment process Tuesday so staff members in the nonprofit's local offices rescheduled appointments, and some health centers resorted to paper applications.

Furrer says he expects the problems to clear up after a few days, following an initial burst of website traffic to healthcare.gov, where consumers can access the marketplace.

Consumers who enroll through the marketplace won't be insured until Jan. 1 at the earliest.

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