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United Health involved in ACA rollout

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WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFGO AM) -- A Minnesota insurance company has accepted part of the blame for the disastrous rollout of the online health insurance exchange developed under the Affordable Care Act.

The vice president of Minnetoka-based United Health's Optum Unit told lawmakers in a congressional hearing that the company fixed it's glitches quickly.

But Andrew Slavitt says he understands the frustration of those trying unsuccessfully to sign up for insurance under the national health care exchange.

Optum acquired Quality Software Services Inc. last year and the government paid the company $85 million to help build the health care website.

The Federal site serves three dozen states but not Minnesota, which built its own MNsure portal.

Slavitt says the website was overwhelmed by thousands of people trying to register when the website opened.

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