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Oct 1, 2013 6:57 PM by Associated Press

Arizonans without insurance able to sign up online

PHOENIX (AP) - Arizonans without employer-provided health insurance are finally able to shop for policies on a federally-run website.

The federal insurance marketplace launched Tuesday even with the shutdown of the federal government. The website (http://www.healthcare.gov) lets individuals shop for different levels of insurance and see if they're eligible for subsidies to help pay some of the costs. Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer opted not to run a state exchange.

The website is having problems handling all the traffic, but there's no reason to rush - people can sign up as late as Dec. 15 and still have coverage in place on Jan. 1.

The marketplaces are a key part of the Affordable Care Act that has led to political gridlock in Washington. The Spanish language and small business versions are delayed.

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