Begich Supports Extending Open Enrollment

Sen. Mark Begich says he supports extending open enrollment for individuals to buy health insurance under the federal health care law.

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by Associated Press

JUNEAU- Sen. Mark Begich says he supports extending open enrollment for individuals to buy health insurance under the federal health care law.


The Alaska Democrat, in a statement, says he wants to work with the Obama administration to ensure individuals aren't unfairly penalized if technical issues continue with the online insurance marketplaces.


Spokeswoman Heather Handyside says Begich wants to see how things with the site play out over the next several weeks and consider what makes sense.


Glitches have plagued the site since open enrollment began Oct. 1. The law requires most Americans have insurance starting next year or face fines. Open enrollment runs through March.


Begich has defended the health care law but also said he has ideas for making it better, including getting rid of a medical device tax.