U.S. says HealthCare.gov functions unavailable to new users

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Navigator John Jones explains the many options to a client seeking help buying health insurance at the Family Guidance Center Monday, March 31, 2014, in Springfield, Ill. People who don't have health insurance have until midnight Monday to enroll or else they'll face federal tax penalties under the Affordable Care Act. (AP Photo/Seth Perlman)

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. administration said key segments of its Obamacare website, HealthCare.gov, were unavailable to new users for a second time on Monday, as record numbers of people tried to access the site hours before the enrollment deadline for health insurance.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is responsible for implementing the healthcare law, said new users were unable to access HealthCare.gov's application end enrollment tools around midday.

People already in the system were able to complete the enrollment process, officials said.

(Reporting by David Morgan; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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