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October 2, 2013 at 11:34 AM
From Patrick Marshall:
The Washington Healthplanfinder, the website for the new health insurance exchange, is still experiencing severe glitches, with Web pages taking more than a minute to load. The process of creating an account, necessary to save application information, could not be completed successfully.
The site, at wahealthplanfinder.org, has had performance problems since it launched Tuesday morning. It was down for repairs into Tuesday afternoon. It went back up about 2 p.m., but performance has been spotty.
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the site, declined to give any details about the problems. Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for the exchange, says the staff will have more information “soon.”
October 1, 2013 at 3:14 PM
From Patrick Marshall:
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange just announced that its Wahealthplanfinder.org site was live again as of 1:30 p.m. They advise that “some users may still experience intermittent issues completing online applications. We encourage all applicants to save their information and return to wahealthplanfinder.org should such a situation arise. At 8 p.m., the marketplace may be temporarily unavailable as we conduct additional maintenance to improve the current experience. We expect to have more information to share tomorrow morning.”
In my testing, as recently as 3:05 p.m., pages still took minutes to load and I could not complete the process of creating an account without encountering fatal errors.
October 1, 2013 at 2:23 PM
From Seattle Times staff reporter Lornet Turnbull:
Gov. Jay Inslee and King County Executive Dow Constantine chose the Carolyn Downs Family Medical Center in the Central Area for Tuesday’s kick off of open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act.
The center’s executive director, Linda McVeigh, said it was fitting that Carolyn Downs, a part of Country Doctor Community Health Centers, was selected for the event since the community clinics together have the highest concentration of uninsured patients. Some 53 percent of the clinics’ patients lack insurance coverage, she said.
“No matter what kind of shenanigans there is back in Washington D.C., Washington state is moving forward with health care,” Inslee said. “We are open for business….’’
After listening to four patients describe the importance of health care to their own lives, Inslee said, “This isn’t some ideological discussion…. This is about real people who will now have a great shot moving forward.”
Constantine said county agencies are geared up to help people enroll. Across the county, he said, about 180,000 adults — one in six — will be newly eligible for expanded Medicaid or reduced premiums from the 40 different health plans available in the county.
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