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Insurance Commissioner Speaks About Affordable Care Act

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After weeks of struggling with a malfunctioning website, people are now being encouraged to sign up for the Affordable Care Act by phone or by snail mail.

"The new website for the new marketplace has had a terrible roll out by the federal government," said Monica Lindeen, Montana Insurance Commissioner.

People filled a room on Friday at the Pilgrim Congressional Church in Bozeman as Montana Insurance Commissioner, Monica Lindeen talked about the Affordable Care Act.

"I want to make sure people got the real information about what this new marketplace is, what it means to them and what they need to do in order to move forward or what they don't need to do," said Lindeen.

One part of the Affordable Care Act requires everybody to have health insurance and if they don't, over time they will be charged a penalty.

The federally run government website, Healthcare.gov has had technical glitches since it launched on October 1.
 
"I tried to get some answers from folks. Unfortunately they weren't able to do that, but they tried to assure me that things are getting better week by week and it should be fixed by the end of the month," said Lindeen.

Rather than waiting for the website to work, Lindeen is suggesting people call her office or the federal government.

They will talk you through the process or you can always fill out your application the old fashion way.

"People can download an application from the federal website, which you can fill out and turn in," said Lindeen. "There are also certified insurance agents and certified application counselors that can assist you right here in Montana."

Lindeen said she no idea how many people have signed up for Obamacare because the  federal government has not released that information yet.

"People should do their homework right now, be patient and hopefully by the end of the month it shouldn't be an issue," said Lindeen.

The marketplace is open now through March 31. If you would like to be insured by January 1, you must sign up by December 15.

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