Health exchange site recovering from initial delays

Washington state’s new online health coverage marketplace is getting back on track after a fumbled Oct. 1 launch in which technical problems made it difficult for users to access the website and state officials were forced to take the system offline for five hours on its first day.

The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which operates the site—known as Washington Healthplanfinder—announced on Monday Oct. 7, that 9,452 people had completed enrollments for qualified health plans and Medicaid during the site’s first week in action. More than 10,000 additional applications for qualified health plans had also been completed within the same week.

By Oct. 7, the site had seen more than 837,000 total site visits and more than 2.5 million page views, according to exchange officials.

Read more about this development from our partners at The Daily Herald in Everett, Wash.

Washington Healthplanfinder is the state’s online portal providing coverage information to uninsured residents while allowing them to shop for health plans.

Under the Affordable Care Act, people who do not have health insurance coverage by 2014 could face fines. Also beginning in 2014, no adult can be denied coverage due to a pre-existing condition.

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