States that had problems with health care websites get help from federal government

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FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2014 file photo, Teresa Fryer, Medicare's top cybersecurity official, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. As the Obama administration raced to meet its self-imposed deadline for online health insurance markets, security experts working for the government worried that state computer systems could become a back door for hackers. In one email from Sept. 29, a Sunday two days before the launch, Fryer, chief information security officer for the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, wrote of the state security approvals, “The front office is signing them whether or not they are a high risk.” Her agency, known as CMS, is in charge of administering the health care law. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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By RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — States that have experienced technical problems running their own health care enrollment websites are getting some help from the Obama administration.

The administration quietly issued a health law fix Thursday to help those states. Several Democratic-led states, including Oregon, Maryland, Massachusetts and Hawaii, are still trying to solve website problems that have eclipsed those experienced earlier by the federal HealthCare.gov site, now largely repaired.

Although the new policy fix is available to any state, Republican governors basically defaulted to federal control of online sign-ups in their states. Those who stand to benefit the most are Democratic governors who plunged ahead and ran into problems.

Some are facing sharp criticism at home, from both sides of the political aisle.

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