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In Mass., Website Woes Frustrate Health Care Push

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By STEVE LeBLANC, Associated Press

BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts is working to make sure no insured residents fall through the cracks as it works to mesh the state’s landmark 2006 health law with President Obama’s 2010 health care overhaul.

A glitchy website is frustrating those efforts.

About 5,400 shoppers were able to enroll in health care plans through the state’s Health Care Connector by the end of December. But state health officials say the number of new people able access subsidized coverage through the Health Connector and MassHealth programs was higher — about 28,000.

Even so, 26,000 people ran into technical roadblocks and had to be enrolled in temporary subsidized coverage through the state’s Medicaid program.

Officials say they’re focused on improving those numbers before March 31, when the federal health care law’s first open enrollment season ends.

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