Federal Healthcare Marketplaces Open with a Rocky Start


      The Affordable Health Care Act hasbegun to go into effect and although it's not all smooth sailing.

      The new federal health caremarketplaces are off to a bumpy start in Nebraska with computer problems thathave prevented consumers from signing up for insurance right away.

      Officials reported the federal websitewasn't allowing users to complete the enrollment process. Staff members inlocal nonprofit offices have been rescheduling appointments and some healthcenters have resorted to paper applications

      The six-month enrollment window openedTuesday morning and officials expect the problems to clear up after a few days.

      In Kansas advocates of the health careoverhaul are urging people not to rush to enroll until the glitches in the systemare worked out in the coming weeks.

      Some Kansas health care groups stillhave not hired all the "navigators" to explain the plans to customerswhile others are still training new hires.

      The Kansas Insurance Commissioner urgedthe public to give the exchanges time to work out the bugs before they beginthe enrollment process.

      As parts of the Affordable Care Act gointo effect, less than one in five Americans say their families will be betteroff under the new health care law according to a new poll.

      However, a CNN/ORC International Surveyreleased Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the affordable care actwill help some people.

      17percent of those polled think themeasure will be a good thing for themselves or their families.

      37 percent believe the law won't helpanyone while four in 10 say the new law will make their families worse off.

      41 percent believe it will have noeffect on themselves or others.