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Affordable Care Act website problems hurt Ohioans
As the fiasco continues in Washington over the rollout of the Affordable Care Act, technical problems are still plaguing healthcare.gov.
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Technical problems continue plague healthcare.gov, the website that was supposed to be the law' easy one-stop shop for subsidized health care plans. Enrollment numbers released last week were disturbingly low, with just 27,000 enrollments through the federal site in the first month after its October 1st launch. From Ohio Public Radio station WYSO, Lewis Wallace reports. 

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An unknown number of people across the country are still trying to get enrolled and facing an onslaught of technical troubles; in just the first few days millions visited the site. In Ohio alone, 1.5 million people without health insurance make up the website’s potential users, but reports of successful enrollment have been scarce.  Enrollment numbers are significantly higher in states that chose to set up their own exchanges; most of those websites are up and running, and Kentucky’s state-run program reports it has enrolled over 40,000 new people since Oct. 1.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration has promised a fix for the troubled website by the end of November. Open enrollment for health insurance lasts through March 31, 2014, and most Americans will be subject to a tax penalty if they don’t enroll for insurance by that date.

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