At deadline, surge of ACA applicants stresses enrollment systems

Health insurance enrollment offices were strained over the weekend by last-minute applicants, prompting hours of waiting, extra security and long lines nationwide ahead of today's Affordable Care Act deadline. The federal enrollment site was down early today after being visited 2 million times during the weekend. The maxed-out human capacity of the system left very few enrollment workers and navigators to direct enrollees through the application process. Many enrollees were asked to try again after today under state and federal extensions recently announced for those who got stuck while signing up.

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