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Healthcare.gov Goes Down On Deadline Day

Submitted by on March 31, 2014 – 10:54 amNo Comment

The glitch-plagued Healthcare.gov website was down for hours on Monday morning, the last day to enroll for coverage before facing penalties.

The website routinely goes down for maintenance overnight. But from 3am onward, it was unexpectedly unavailable, reportedly due to a software error.

The function for “window shopping” (researching plans without buying them) was still available, as was the site’s “virtual waiting room,” which puts users on a list and emails them when service is available again.

(As of 9:15am EST, DrJays was able to access the full site.)

The Obamacare website overcame an extremely rocky early start to enroll their target of six million Americans as of last week. But the final days were still an extremely busy time, with a final push to enroll as many as possible.

The program’s phone lines were still functional, at 1-800-318-2596. And the government will accept paper applications until April 7. The deadline to enroll in the online marketplaces is still midnight tonight, though that has been extended for those who began applications before today, but did not complete them.

[via NBC News]


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