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Monday, March 31, 2014

Long Waits as Health Insurance Deadline Nears -- Last-Minute Applicants Jam Enrollment Offices, U.S. Hotline -- By Louise Radnofsky and Jennifer Corbett Dooren, The Wall Street Journal

Last-minute applicants for health insurance strained enrollment offices over the weekend, triggering long lines, extra security and hours of waiting across the country ahead of Monday's federal deadline.

HealthCare.gov, the federal website, blocked some applicants late Friday but didn't show major technological problems as consumers rushed before the end of the 2014 open-enrollment period for obtaining insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

But the system's human capacity maxed out, with too few "navigators" and other enrollment workers to steer consumers through the complex application process. As a result, many people were told to try again after Monday under recently announced federal and state extensions aimed at those who get stuck while applying.

In Silver Spring, Md., hundreds of people lined up hours before a Montgomery County health service center opened at 10 a.m. Saturday to help people sign up on the state's problem-plagued insurance exchange. Mary Anderson, a spokeswoman for the county's health department, distributed dozens of pink tickets to secure enrollment help at about 6:30 a.m.
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