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Federal Healthcare Marketplaces Open with a Rocky Start

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

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

Officials reported the federal website wasn't allowing users to complete the enrollment process. Staff members in local nonprofit offices have been rescheduling appointments and some health centers have resorted to paper applications

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

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

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

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

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

However, a CNN/ORC International Survey released Tuesday morning also indicates a majority say the affordable care act will help some people.

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

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

41 percent believe it will have no effect on themselves or others. 

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