Tech Glitches Trip Obamacare Exchange Launches

As online applications, the health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act will leave something to be desired in at least some states when they start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

As online applications, the health insurance exchanges established under the Affordable Care Act will leave something to be desired in at least some states when they start enrolling consumers on Oct. 1.

The Obama administration has been able to claim some good news this week, releasing an analysis showing that the strategy of creating a competitive market to drive down prices for individual health insurance seems to be working. However, technical problems with the websites created by the states or supported by the federal government mean they might not be capable of quoting accurate prices in some cases.

The exchanges, also known as health insurance marketplaces, are meant to make affordable health insurance available to the self-employed, to those who do not get insurance through their employers, and to small businesses. Like travel websites, they are supposed to be able to match consumer requirements against all available offerings and display a ranked ordering of the most affordable plans.

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Source: Information Week