With the deadline to obtain health insurance looming, the federal health insurance exchange suffered another glitch on Monday morning.
Healthcare.gov became inaccessible for several hours as Americans rushed to purchase insurance before the midnight Obamacare deadline. Government officials said that they were working to correct the problem, which was attributed to a glitch in the system, and stressed that people wishing to obtain insurance coverage prior to the expiration of the Obamacare deadline could also use a federal telephone call center. The federal website became accessible after some hours, and potential insurance purchasers were later advised that they would receive emails informing them when their online enrollments could be processed, NBCNews notes.
The White House says that people who attempt to purchase insurance on the federal website, but cannot complete the transaction due to technical issues, will be given more time.
Individuals that do not obtain health insurance coverage by the Obamacare deadline will face a penalty on their 2014 taxes.
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