Heavy Traffic On Obamacare Website


Well, this is a relief, especially for those who need affordable health insurance. Healthcare.gov seems to work now after a major overhaul and 750,000 visited the site as of 5:30 p.m. Monday, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

They tweeted the about the volume and said there was, “no queueing/site fast with low error rate.”

In a blog CMS sent to reporters, we’re told that there’s a new tool that allows consumers to see more detailed information about the plans offered in their area before they apply.

Julie Bataille, a spokesperson for CMS, said, “This new tool will display plan prices much more accurately, based on the household information entered. Consumers can compare plans, covered benefits, physician and hospital networks, and more. No login or application is required to access this feature. Just answer a few simple questions to see plans and prices in your area.”

You still need to complete the application to find out if you qualify for a lower plan or subsidy, but the new tool should help.

Bataille also said that technicians are working on the backend of the site to get accurate information to insurers.  There had been a software problem that blocked Social Security numbers from being included in the information sent to insurers. So the “834 forms” that insurance were supposed to get were not sent. That apparently has been fixed and other fixes continue.

The deadline for applying for Obamacare was extended until December 23 if you want insurance that begins January 1, 2014. But the application process continues until March 15, 2014 for insurance that will start later.

The Obama Administration hopes that 7 million people will sign up by March 15th.

 

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