Capsules: Healthcare.gov Woes Frustrate In-Person Helpers Around The Country; For California’s Uninsured, A Rush To The Finish

Now on Kaiser Health News blog, check out this collection of updates on enrollment developments from a variety of states: "Last minute health insurance shoppers nationwide turned up in record numbers online Monday, and they also showed up in person at clinics, county health departments and libraries to sign up for Obamacare on the last official day of open enrollment. Here are dispatches from public radio reporters in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Houston — three of the 36 states that are using healthcare.gov — and Minnesota, which has one of the most troubled state-run marketplaces" (4/1).

In addition, Anna Gorman reports on enrollment information from California: “Uninsured Californians flocked to shopping malls, beauty salons, clinics and libraries Monday to meet the deadline for enrolling in health coverage. The website of the state-run insurance exchange, coveredca.com, was so inundated that officials directed some consumers who began online applications to return later to complete them. The state was seeing a ‘huge surge’ in last-minute applications, with more than 150,000 people signing up in the last week, Peter Lee, executive director of the exchange said Monday. More applications were started on Sunday than any other day since Oct. 1, when open enrollment began on the nation’s insurance exchanges” (Gorman, 4/1). Check out what else is on the blog.

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