Nebraskans race to beat health enrollment deadline

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Nebraska community groups and insurers are seeing a last-minute surge in consumers who want to beat the federal deadline to sign up for health insurance.

A spokesman for Community Action of Nebraska in Lincoln said Monday that his office has been booked solid with appointments for the last three weeks. Workers expect another full day before the midnight deadline to enroll through the new federal marketplace.

In Omaha, employees at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska were also busier than usual. Company spokesman Andy Williams said Monday that a waiting area for customers was filling up fast.

Many Nebraskans trying to sign up were experiencing technical problems with the federal enrollment website, healthcare.gov.

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