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Obamacare glitch affects NM

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SANTA FE – Computer troubles with the federal government’s health insurance marketplace threaten to undermine New Mexico’s goal of enrolling 84,000 individuals into health plans in the coming year, lawmakers were told Thursday.

Jason Sandel, a member of the governing board of a state-run health insurance exchange, said the panel had sent a letter to federal officials expressing frustration that computer glitches have prevented many individuals from shopping and enrolling in insurance plans since the online marketplace was launched last month.

New Mexico is operating an online exchange for small businesses to shop for coverage for their employees, but for the first year the state is relying on the federal exchange for the enrollment of individuals. A law creating the state-run exchange was enacted this year, and Sandel said there wasn’t enough time for New Mexico to implement a computer system capable of handling individuals as well as businesses.

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