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Montanans Having Problems Signing Up For Health Care

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The Health Care Marketplace went live October 1 so people could start enrolling for health coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

But it has been anything but easy to sign up for coverage.

Many Montanan's are having difficulty signing up for coverage on the federal health insurance exchange.

"Not good. Not to be candid. We along with other Montanans have been very frustrated and disappointed," said Jesse Laslovich, Chief Legal Counsel to Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance.

The federal health insurance exchange has had technical glitches since it launched October 1.

Montana's Commissioner of Securities and Insurance is handling the exchange in Montana.

Laslovich said Montanan's are able to fill out the entire application online, but aren't able to complete the process.

"At the end of the day, they aren't able to consummate the transaction, and that is very frustrating," said Laslovich.

Because of the reoccurring glitches still in the system after being online for three weeks, Laslovich said he doesn't think many Montanan's successfully signed up for health insurance on the exchange.

"Our guess is that through October at least up to this point, our numbers are very minimal, they are not what they should be," said Laslovich.

Laslovich said the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will release the numbers for each state at the end of each month.

He also said they are in contact with H.H.S. daily.

"Trying to find out when we can tell Montanans that things are operating the way they should be operating," said Laslovich.

Laslovich said he doesn't believe the glitches are still there because of the government shutdown because H.H.S. contracted out the work.

You have until December 15 to sign up for coverage starting January 1.

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