Health law sign-ups hit technical snag ahead of Feb. 15 enrollment deadline

Government And Institutions Associated Press

The Obama administration says some people trying to sign up for health insurance ahead of a looming deadline are getting snagged by technical difficulties.

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Administration spokeswoman Katie Hill says some haven't been able to get their income information electronically verified.

That's crucial because the amount of financial assistance to help pay premiums is based on people's income.

The IRS handles income verification for the HealthCare.gov website.

The glitch seemed to be affecting people with new applications.

People who previously submitted their income details — but hadn't completed the final step of picking a plan — were able to do so.

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Hill says people affected by the glitch will still be able to apply.

The deadline in the 37 states served by HealthCare.gov is 2:59 a.m. Eastern time Monday.