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There has been much ado about the early failings of the federal health insurance marketplace, or exchanges. The marketplace was to launch on Oct. 1, 2013. And it did, sort of … . The online portal did not work properly and then a hue and cry went up from opponents of the Affordable Care Act.

In all the chaos, however, one overarching point was lost. Tens of millions of Americans are looking forward to an opportunity to find access to more affordable healthcare for themselves and their families through the health insurance marketplaces. 

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services must fix the problems in the federal exchange immediately. It is simply unacceptable for this system not to work properly. there are too many working families, especially here in rural and small town America, counting on a working exchange for access to affordable health insurance.

At the same time, we urge everyone to stay calm and stay the course. there will be plenty of time for the exchanges to be fixed and for individuals to enroll through the online insurance marketplaces before the end of this enrollment period, which runs through the end of March.

 At the Center for Rural Affairs, we're working tirelessly to make information available to those who are looking to the exchanges for access to affordable health insurance. Give us a call at (402-687-2100) or check out our resources on the web at http://www.cfra.org/rural-health. We look forward to hearing from you.

John Crabtree
Center for Rural Affairs