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    LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - State Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the launch of an online marketplace where consumers can shop for coverage is a historic day for Arkansas.

    State officials on Tuesday marked the launch of Arkansas' insurance exchange, set up under the federal health care law. Bradford says he expects about 500,000 people to participate in the exchange in Arkansas, with open enrollment starting Tuesday and ending March 31.

    Dozens of people met with guides and agents Tuesday to ask questions about the exchange and to sign up for coverage. The signup event in Little Rock was scheduled to run all day Tuesday.

    But the day didn't go off without a hitch. So many people visited the site today that many had trouble trying to use the website. The same goes for the national health care site HealthCare.gov

    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.

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