Health Sites Hit Bumps Amid Heavy Traffic

It’s day-two for health insurance exchanges across the country. Officials in Massachusetts reported a few glitches in the roll-out, but hundreds of interested applicants on the state’s updated website. Connecticut officials likewise notes a few bumps amid heavy traffic.

The Affordable Care Act remains the main point of contention in Washington as a federal shutdown continues. U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney of Connecticut is a Democrat.

“Despite the hysterics predicted on the other side, which you would have thought the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse would be riding through the streets of New London and Norwich and Hartford,” Courtney said Wednesday on the House floor. “Instead, the headlines this morning were: enrollment better than expected on exchanges’ first day, 450,000 people contacted the Connecticut exchange, hundreds enrolled. They didn’t even wait until January to begin the process of getting health coverage.”

A spokesperson for the Connecticut Exchange says its website had an additional 8,000 unique visitors Wednesday morning.

Enrollment numbers are growing for the new Vermont Health Connect health insurance exchange, but on its second day of operation, the system continues to struggle with a too-slow website.

Commissioner Mark Larson of the Department of Vermont Health Access says his staff remains focused on improving the speed at which the website’s pages open.

As of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Vermont’s site had had about 13,000 unique visitors, with 780 people opening accounts.

The Associated Press and New England Public Radio’s Sam Hudzik contributed to this report.