Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Thousands look, 226 buy during exchange debut

Colorado’s new health exchange has attracted thousands of visitors since it’s launch on Oct. 1, but only 226 pulled the trigger and bought insurance as Obamacare officially launched.
High traffic to the Connect for Health Colorado website caused technology glitches that prevented many people from being able to create accounts immediately after the exchange launched. Those problems continued through last week and prompted two unscheduled shutdowns to reboot the exchange’s software, technology managers said.
Even so, as of Friday, about 28,000 people have created accounts and about 204,000 unique visitors have surfed the site that offers health plans to individuals and small businesses, managers said. They say the system overloads that prevented people from creating accounts are now largely resolved.
That’s not the case with the federal health exchange, which has been bombarded with high numbers of visitors, most of whom can’t sign up or shop for health plans.
Colorado is one of 15 states that opted to build their own health exchanges, a decision that board members celebrated during a board meeting Monday.
By  Katie Kerwin McCrimmon
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