Tuesday marked the first day of the Affordable Care Act, and people logged on to check out what kinds of healthcare coverage they are eligible for. CMS says the number of people who have logged on tohealthcare.gov is more than seven times the number of visitors onmedicare.gov website at any given time.
Thehealthcare.gov website has been overwhelmed at times but glitches are said to be getting fixed. Some of those glitches include residents in some states, such as Michigan, are unable to register at all. Many problems are being reported about getting past the security question part of the website. Another big issue is the inability to pull up the website due to the high volume of traffic.
CMS says capacity has been added to the website, and they've made adjustments in an effort to accommodate the influx of visitors.
As of 3 p.m. Tuesday, more than 81,000 people have called theAffordable Care Act hotline at 1-800-318-2596 with questions. Users can alsostart a live chat online with experts who can help answer any questions you may have.
There are 48 million people across the country who do not have health insurance. They have until March 31, 2014 to enroll. The deadline is Dec. 15, 2013 if you want coverage beginning January 1.
So far, there's no solid numbers from the government on how many people have enrolled in coverage.
The City of St. Louis will begin holdingenrollment help sessions at locations all over the city next week.
Be sure to check out ourspecial Affordable Care Act section for key dates, information on the Health Insurance Marketplace, and exchange checklist, FAQs for Missouri and Illinois residents, and more.
On Wednesday, NewsChannel 5 will host a phone bank and web chat from 4 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. with experts from CMS. They will be able to answer your questions about health care enrollment and coverage.