UPDATE: Website troubles plague Ark. signup event

LITTLE ROCK (AP) - Slowdowns with the federal website for insurance exchanges are preventing some Arkansans from signing up for coverage.

Several people at a signup event Tuesday for Arkansas' insurance exchange said they were unable to apply because of problems connecting with the site. A spokeswoman for the state's insurance department said officials were gathering contact information about people attending Tuesday's events and would have guide organizations contact them later to assist in signing them up.

Several of the attendees at Tuesday's event in Little Rock said they were still excited about the prospect of enrolling for coverage, despite the delays.

The exchange hit a snag the day before signup on Monday, when a legislative panel rejected a $4.5 million advertising contract to promote the marketplace.

Open enrollment runs through March 31.

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