Health care sign-ups through the Affordable Care Act federal exchange website reached 100,000 in November, four times October’s woeful registration total, according to a “source familiar with the program’s progress” who spoke to Bloomberg Monday morning.
100,000 is equal to the combined number of people who signed up through the ACA’s federal and state exchanges in October. State exchange enrollments also increased about fourfold in early November, according to the statistics available.
The source said the uptick in enrollment began even before major improvements were made to the website as part of a November repair blitz, though the source added that the new number reflected the “selection” of an insurance plan, not necessarily its purchase.
Healthcare.gov has been plagued with problems to the point of dysfunction since its launch on October 1. After weeks of frantic repair efforts, the White House released a report on Sunday touting lower error rates and wait times, and significantly increased capacity. The Obama administration estimates 80% of users will be able to successfully navigate the website, and expects enrollment to jump dramatically as the March 31st deadline approaches.
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