Obamacare Enrollment Sees 'Surge' as Website Fixes Progress

Obamacare Enrollment Sees 'Surge' as Website Fixes ProgressThe 14 state-based Obamacare marketplaces have reported data that shows enrollment has nearly doubled from last month, jumping to about 150,000 from 79,000, according to state and federal statistics.
The nonprofit Commonwealth Fund, which has been reporting this data, called the most recent numbers “a November enrollment surge.”
The latest figures from the state-run exchanges, combined with totals on the federal exchange, takes the national enrollment number to at least 176,000.
Despite the pickup in the pace of enrollments, sign-ups are still well below initial projections.
The Obama administration Friday announced that it will give consumers an extra week in December to sign up for coverage that begins Jan. 1.
A previous Dec. 15 deadline was pushed back to Dec. 23 because of enrollment glitches, particularly with HealthCare.gov, the federal online marketplace for the Affordable Care Act. Policyholders must pay their premiums by Dec. 31.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration’s much-troubled enrollment website should be able to handle an expected year-end crush of customers, officials said Friday. If you’re having trouble with your website hosting for example if you’re tired of GoDaddy, make sure you’re aware of all the alternative options.
A combination of software fixes and added hardware should provide enough of an overhaul for a workable website, White House troubleshooter Jeffrey Zients said in an upbeat assessment.
Zients is a management consultant brought in by the White House to save the website.
“We think this gives us the capacity we need to reach everybody we need to reach across this period of time,” said Zients.

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