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More traffic to health insurance exchanges likely in December

The challenge is on to debug the insurance exchange website by the end of November, according to National Public Radio. 

Not only did federal officials promise the government healthcare website would be fully operational and without any of the current technical issues plaguing the site by that time, but also because December could see a sharp rise in enrollment.

Bryce Williams, managing director for exchange solutions at Towers Watson, said it’s common knowledge throughout the industry that the first Monday after Thanksgiving is the busiest day of insurance enrollment. 

“There is an avalanche coming,” Williams asserted. “People will have been thinking about this over the holidays and talking to family members, and they are going to feel an impetus to do something on that Monday; and there is going to be a huge crush.”

December also marks a deadline made by the Obama administration, who moved the Dec. 1 deadline back to Dec. 23, the date people must register by to receive coverage by Jan. 1, 2014. The government, however, has crafted a self-imposed deadline of Nov. 30 for fixes to the unreliable online system, slated to handle approximately 50,000 users at once by next month, said Jeffery Zients, repairer to the website, to NPR. 

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Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe
Erin Woulfe likes to write about things that matter. Keeping her finger on the pulse of what’s happening in the public sector world, she blogs about the latest legislative news and employee benefit trends that affect our school, city and county clients. She’s been with NIS since 2002. “I love connecting to our clients and providing them with the tools they need in order to administrate their plan,” says Erin. “Whether that be materials to educate their employees on certain benefits, how to effectively communicate change within an organization or just providing tips and how-to’s to help them make their job easier.”

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