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Feds promise Maine officials ACA computer problems will be fixed

6:37 PM, Oct 21, 2013   |    comments
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AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- From the President on down, people in the Obama administration say they will get the computer problems fixed that have plagued so many people trying to sign up for health insurance under Obama Care. The President said today they have teams of people working on the various problems that have jammed up that system. And leaders of a special legislative committee today said the fixes can't come soon enough for them.

Maine reportedly has sixty thousand people who would be eligible to buy health insurance through the new Insurance exchange.

But like people in many other states, many Mainers have apparently struggled to cope with the delays and other problems of the new on-line sign up. The special committee that's supposed to monitor the exchange was assured today the problems would be fixed. They got to talk by phone with the regional administrator of the Federal Department of Health and Human Services. She reassured them that fixes to the on-line sign up system are coming. Advocates say they're telling consumers to be patient, that despite the deadlines there is still plenty of time to get signed up for insurance.

Consumers for Affordable Health Care, one of the groups represented on that committee, suggested people just wait a week or two because they think the computer issues will have improved by then.

Leaders of the committee also pressed the federal DHHS to provide them data on how many Maine people are using the website and actually signing up for insurance policies. The federal agency said they might not be able to provide that information until mid-November.

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