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New PA insurance system debuts after glitches

Written by The Associated Press | Oct 1, 2013 10:52 AM
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(Harrisburg) -- A new insurance system for Pennsylvanians under President Obama's signature health care law is up and running online, but with glitches that are making enrollment difficult.  

Today was the first day residents could review information on the 56 health plans available to Pennsylvanians, such as rates and networks, and could start shopping.     

Coverage under the plans begins January 1st 

Heavy traffic on the website healthcare.gov has apparently created problems.  

In Philadelphia, an Independence Blue Cross spokeswoman says the insurer is enrolling people through its online system.  

Independence is offering 13 different plans on the exchange.  

One man getting information at an Independence outreach event, Ralph Kellum, says he knows people who'll be interested in getting insurance after being unable to afford it because of pre-existing conditions.

*The above story updates an earlier post:

(Harrisburg) -- The federally run online insurance portal for Pennsylvania that's newly open under President Barack Obama's signature health care law appears to be up and running.

Today was to be the first day that people could see information on the 56 health plans available to Pennsylvanians, such as rates and networks, and start shopping.  

Coverage under the plans begins January 1st.  

Earlier in the day heavy traffic on the site had shut it down. The website is healthcare.gov.  

Employees of Independence Blue Cross converged on four of Philadelphia's main train transit hubs to distribute information and answer questions about the exchange.  

One man getting information, Ralph Kellum, says he knows a lot of people who will be interested in getting insurance after being unable to afford it because of pre-existing conditions.

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