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Deadline to Enroll for Health Insurance Through Federal Marketplace is Here

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The deadline to sign up for health insurance through the new federal online marketplace created by President Barack Obama's health care law is Monday.

The deadline is at midnight EDT for the states, including Nebraska, where the federal government is running the sign-up website; states running their own exchanges set their own deadlines.

Community groups and insurance agencies are seeing a last-minute push from individuals looking to get signed up.

Among those individuals seeking help with the sign up are people experiencing technical problems with healthcare.gov.

Some saw messages that the site was down for maintenance and others were directed to a virtual waiting room - a feature designed to ease the strain on the site during periods of heavy use. Officials attributed the problem to a software bug.

Individuals can also call 1-800-318-2596 to sign up by phone or they can fill out a paper application, which will be accepted through April 7.

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