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Major delays on day one of healthcare exchange

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Steve Carmody
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Michigan Radio
The new health care law will mandate that people buy some form of insurance.

Michigan’s new online healthcare exchange went live today, meaning Michiganders would now have the opportunity to check out healthcare plans and subsidies available to them under the Affordable Care Act.

But the launch didn’t go without a couple of hiccups.

As the exchanges went live on the web, consumers encountered error messages, saying the high traffic to the exchanges would mean delays with actually looking at the plans.

In Michigan, the problem goes beyond technological bumps in the road. With just two weeks since Gov. Rick Snyder approved Medicaid expansion for the state, the federal government has not yet approved the Legislature’s modifications to the insurance expansion.

So Michigan’s low-income residents might have to wait weeks or months until they can enroll in the program

We talked with Michigan Public Radio Network’s Jake Neher about the Affordable Care Act's first day flaws.

Listen to the full interview above.

- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom

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