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Arizonans rush to get insurance busy on last day

PHOENIX -- Nonprofit groups helping Arizonans sign up for health insurance they are swamped with last-minute requests for help.

Monday's surge of people comes on the final day of this year's open enrollment for private health insurance bought through the federal marketplace.

The Arizona Association of Community Health Centers is the lead group coordinating enrollment outreach in Arizona. Spokeswoman Tara McCollum Plese said the group has a raft of appointments with people needing help. A number of other groups are also helping walk-ins including the Urban League and Enroll America.

Enroll Arizona's Phoenix location had lines out the door as people waited for help signing up.

Those seeking insurance this year must create an account on the government's website, which has < ahref=""> been having issues, by Monday night and will have another two weeks to pick a plan.

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