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10/25/2013

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PRESSING ON Secretary of Health and Human Services Kathleen Sebelius addresses a group. Photo by United States Mission Geneva, via Flickr DESPITE HEALTHCARE.GOV PROBLEMS, AGENCIES FIGHT TO HELP LOCALS ACCESS HEALTHCARE By Cooper Levey-Baker Associate Editor Endless wait times and garbled back-end data — such have been the main features of HealthCare.gov so far for users in Florida. That hasn't stopped local ObamaCare navigators and counselors from hitting the pavement and touting the importance of signing up for health insurance to those lacking access to healthcare. gov, the site set up by the Obama administration for users in states that declined to set up their own health insurance marketplaces. Florida is one such state; in addition to declining billions in federal aid, its Legislature has so far declined to create a state insurance exchange. Since the end of the People are starting to get a little federal government anxious to enroll, and they want to go shutdown last week, ahead and move forward with it. the national news media has focused Linda Stone CEO relentlessly on the Community Health Center of North Port failures of HealthCare. Not only have Florida users experienced difficulty logging in and exploring plans, but according to The Wa s h i n g t o n P o s t , the data transmitted from HealthCare.gov

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