Two months after it opened, the federal government’s health insurance marketplace website may be fixed – which could boost enrollment on Illinois’ own site. The White House says by fixing more than 400 software bugs, the federal exchange is now down only 5 percent of the time, an improvement compared to the 60 percent downtime it experienced upon the site’s October launch.
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Those problems have been blamed for the low enrollment on the Get Covered Illinois exchange, but now, politicians like U.S. Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Matteson) are encouraging people to get back on the site and try again. "I ask you all not to panic, to please have patience as the ACA unfolds,” Kelly said. “Yes, there are problems, and others may come up as well, but as they say, let’s not throw the baby out with the bathwater.”
While Get Covered Illinois’ enrollment numbers for November are not yet available, around 100,000 people are estimated to have signed up for insurance on the federal website. While that’s up from 26,000 in October, it’s still below the monthly targets set by the Obama administration.