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Governors discuss ACA technology snafus


Enrollment for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act has been underway for more than a week, but all three Siouxland governors are expressing concerns about the ineffectiveness of the technology behind this launch.

"We were very fearful that they weren't prepared and now it's very obvious that they're not because the system has been down," said Iowa Governor Terry Branstad.

Health insurance is a requirement for all Americans, but,for the millions trying to log on, they're having some issues. That's something that concerns the governors.

They spoke to business leaders at the Tri-State Governor's Conference in Dakota Dunes, South Dakota on Wednesday.  From disaster recovery following last week's storms, to workforce concerns, they discussed an array of topics.

But all three spent a lot of time discussing how they feel about the launch of the health care market exchange website.

"I think we all know, when you undertake a massive technological project like this, massive technology, you need to bring it up side-by-side and make sure it's going to work, do the proper testing. They didn't do that," Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman said.

"We have access in South Dakota. We have had access. But now we won't have affordability," said Governor Dennis Daugaard.

If you want your new coverage to start January 1, you must be enrolled by December 15.  Penalties don't start kicking in until March 31 of next year.

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