AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Groups helping people sign up for coverage on the problem-riddled federal health care exchange in Maine say interest in the program has remained high since enrollment opened Oct. 1.

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Consumers for Affordable Health Care and others told the state’s Health Exchange Advisory Committee Monday that many residents are seeking more information about the exchange, or marketplace.

Maine Health Community Options CEO Kevin Lewis says more than 5,000 visitors have come to its online application portal. But people have to sign up through the federal website to get subsidies.

The groups say glitches in the federal exchange website continue to be a problem.

The top federal Department of Health and Human Services official for New England told the committee via conference call Monday that statewide sign-up numbers won’t be available until mid-November.