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Begich Joins Colleagues, Seeks Longer Enrollment

Published On: Oct 25 2013 07:53:13 AM AKDT
20131024 - Begich Supports Extending Open Enrollment(1)
JUNEAU, Alaska -

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich says trying to access the online health insurance marketplace during the first week of its rollout was a "disaster."

But he says he's seen improvements in the site over the last few days. And he dismissed any suggestions that the law should be dumped because of problems with the website.

Alaska's junior senator has joined with several Democratic colleagues in seeking a longer open enrollment period for individuals to buy health insurance under the new federal health care law.

Begich tells The Associated Press he doesn't believe there should be a delay of, say, a year. Rather, he says it should match however long it takes for the website to be properly functioning. He says if that's a month, open enrollment should be extended a month.