Snags a concern as Ill. health marketplace opens

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Associated Press

CHICAGO - Days before the launch of President Barack Obama's health care law, Illinois officials say there will be snags as the new health insurance marketplace opens Tuesday.
   
Officials insist none of the problems will prevent anyone from getting insurance by the start of the new year. But some acknowledge there's a risk people may be discouraged by delays and glitches and give up on the program.
   
The hurdles include a lag in completing the certification of hundreds of workers who've been trained to help consumers sign up for coverage. So most won't be able to assist people with the process initially.
   
There are also software problems that are delaying the transfer of applications to the Medicaid program.
   
People have until Dec. 15 to sign up for coverage that starts Jan. 1.

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