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Health Advocates Say Federal Website Is Not The Only Signup Method
By Chuck Quirmbach
Monday, October 28, 2013, 1:34pm
A prominent Wisconsin supporter of the Affordable Care Act said there are also other ways to sign up for health care coverage besides using a troubled computer system.
Criticism of the healthcare.gov website continued over the weekend. "Saturday Night Live" ran a spoof of U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius explaining problems with the computer sign-up:
Kate McKinnon, playing Sebelius on Saturday Night Live: "Millions of people are visiting healthcare.gov, which is good news, but the site was designed for only six users at a time."
At a Milwaukee forum on the Afffordable Care Act, however, Dr. Patricia McManus of the Black Health Coalition of Wisconsin said computer problems shouldn't stop people from enrolling for coverage.
“People can still call in to the call center ... make sure they say, I want to enroll on the phone,” McManus said. “They can download an application off-line. Our office has stacks of them: they can fill out that form themselves and send it in.”
McManus said some of the criticism of the website is fair, but she still says people who need health care coverage should find a way to sign up.