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Healthcare.Gov Glitch Plagues Obamacare One Day Before Deadline

Saturday, 14 Feb 2015 05:56 PM

The U.S. government website for the Affordable Care Act has been hit by a computer glitch one day before the latest deadline for consumers to sign up for health insurance.

Some applications for Obamacare insurance plans offered on healthcare.gov couldn’t be submitted on Saturday because of “intermittent issues” with verifying a customer’s income through external sources, Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an e-mailed statement. The deadline is Sunday to sign up for coverage starting March 1.

“Our team is working hard to resolve this issue quickly,” Hill said. Both the Internal Revenue Service and the website’s staff are looking for the cause of the problem.

It’s not the first time that healthcare.gov has faced technological issues. Last year, the government signed up only about 2.2 million people in the site’s first three months as the staff struggled to fix software bugs. The government said last month that it had signed up about 9.5 million people for Obamacare coverage for this year.

Anyone who is trying to obtain insurance before the Feb. 15 deadline will be able to do so, Hill said.

U.S. taxpayers who went without health insurance in part or all of 2014 will have to pay a penalty of as much as 1 percent of income, the Treasury Department said last month. As many as 6 million people will have to pay the fee for last year, a provision of Obamacare that’s designed to encourage people to sign up for insurance using the expanded options and financial assistance available under the law.

The administration is considering an extra Obamacare enrollment period for tax filers who learn they owe a fine for not carrying insurance last year, giving them a chance to avoid even heavier penalties in 2015.

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