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Oct 2, 2013 1:35 AM by Sean Mooney

"Obamacare" debut starts with own version of shut down

Tucson- The Affordable Health Care Act, put into motion on Tuesday, the first day Americans could enroll in insurance exchanges.

It is estimated that millions across the country went on to healthcare.gov, to sign up, crashing the system. The result, massive delays and a frustrating debut for the president's healthcare plan.

The website never quite got up to speed but University of Arizona Health Plans Vice President of Business Development, Karen Leonard, says launching Obamacare is going to come with some turbulence, "This is a massive change in healthcare delivery across the country, Leonard said, "so to bring something this big nationwide and have it go smooth and not have any problems whatsoever is kind of an unrealistic expectation."

University of Arizona Health Plans is the only Tucson based insurance company that will offer plans on the Arizona marketplace. Leonard says, when the technical glitches eventually subside, all Southern Arizonans will be able to get coverage with plans to fit everyone's needs, "All the plans have to offer what is known as the essential health benefits", said Leonard, "the choices that they will have to make are really related to the cost and what their portion of cost is going to be in terms of premiums, co-pay, co-insurance, deductibles, things like that."

While there may be a number of choices, there is still a lot of confusion about the Affordable Care Act. A Kaiser/NBC poll reports 49% of Americans said they did not understand how coverage works.

Even though you must enroll by December 15th to have coverage starting January 1st, open enrollment lasts until the end of March.

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