To help people sign up for health care under the Affordable Care Act a mobile tour was arranged for the Olympia Farmers Market on Sunday. There was a major glitch as - The Washington HealthPlanner website was down from Sunday morning. There was a long trailer equipped with 20 laptop computers but no one could enroll.
"Washington Healthplanfinder is temporarily unavailable due to an outage of the Federal Data Hub, which allows Washington Healthplanfinder to verify eligibility for free or low-cost health insurance," The website was down when last checked at 10 p.m. Bethany Frey, spokeswoman for Washington Health Benefit Exchange — the Olympia-based agency that teamed up with Washington Healthplanfinder to sponsor the statewide mobile tour — said it was frustrating for the site to go down during the day of an event.
Around 50 people came to get information and to make appointments to start the application process. The federal government website has had glitches since its launch on 1st October; the Health Benefit Exchange staff found that the program was faulty.
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Rolf Boone, Oct 2013