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Heinrich signs onto letter asking for extension to open enrollment period

Heinrich at a campaign event in 2008.

Heinrich at a campaign event in 2008.

Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico have signed onto a letter asking for an extension to open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act, citing technical glitches on the federal exchange website.

Yesterday NM Telegram reported on Sen. Tom Udall signing onto the letter. The Associated Press first reported that Tom Udall signed onto the letter.

This morning, the office of Sen. Martin Heinrich informed NM Telegram that he was signing onto the letter as well.

“These technical glitches delay thousands of New Mexicans from enrolling in affordable health care coverage, which is unacceptable,” Heinrich said in a statement. “An extension would give families time to properly evaluate plans and select a choice that is right for them. The Affordable Care Act has already yielded numerous benefits, and I’ll continue working with my colleagues to ensure every family in New Mexico has access to quality and affordable health care.”

The letter was sent to Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

“Given the existing problems with and other state-run marketplace websites that depend on the federally-administered website, we urge you to consider extending open enrollment beyond the current end date of March 31, 2014,” the letter reads. “Extending this period will give consumers critical time in which to become familiar with the website and choose a plan that is best for them. Individuals should not be penalized for lack of coverage if they are unable to purchase health insurance due to technical problems.”

According to Heinrich’s office, U.S. Sens. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, , Mark Pryor, D-Ark., Mary Landrieu, D-La., Kay Hagan, D-N.C., Dianne Feinstein, D-Cali., Mark Udall, D-Colo., and Michael Bennet, D-Colo., are the other Senators who signed onto the letter.

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Matthew Reichbach has blogged about New Mexico politics since 2006. Matthew was a co-founder of New Mexico FBIHOP with his brother and part of the original hirings at the groundbreaking website the New Mexico Independent. Matthew has covered events such as the Democratic National Convention and Netroots Nation. In addition to politics, Matthew is an avid sports fan, especially of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and TV fan.

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