Health Insurance Canvassers Not Deterred by Web Glitches

Glitches in the government's insurance website can't stop volunteers for Get Covered America -- a non-partisan, non-profit organization -- from passing out information about the Affordable Care Act.

"No, no one's discouraged," said Shawn Dhanak, communications lead at Enroll America Michigan. "What we have seen is there's incredible interest and enthusiasm and excitement for the new healthcare options that are available. And whether the marketplace has had a few glitches or not, what we've seen is there's been positive improvement and we expect that trend to continue."

Hundreds of volunteers across the state participated in a weekend of action, going door-to-door to hand out pamphlets with information on how to enroll in the federal healthcare marketplace.

"People need to be insured," said Linda Appling, a volunteer. "People need to have insurance and feel comfortable about going to the doctor. If they wait until they're really, really ill it's going to cost all of us more money."

Computer glitches and other problems have slowed enrollment in the government website that allows people in a majority of states to compare healthcare plans side by side before purchasing one.

Those problems are unlikely to be resolved until the end of November. Sources tell NBC News that could push back the deadline to sign up for health insurance.

Currently, consumers have until March 31 to purchase insurance. But to have insurance in time for the new year, December 15 is the deadline.


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