HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH)-- Even though the federal government is shut down in a dispute over the new heath care law, Obamacare is open for business here in Connecticut.
The exchange is called 'Access Health CT' and their phone lines and website were up and running around 9 AM Tuesday.
The first Connecticut resident was signed up for Obamacare at about 9:25 AM this morning, by mid afternoon there were about fifty.
By the middle of the afternoon, the Connecticut health exchange call in center had received over 17,000 phone calls and despite a few early glitches their website had received about 18,000 hits.
They say the majority of problems were from people using out-dated computer browsers and not using the proper address.
You must use the full address including the w-w-w and make sure it's dot com.
The difficulty some people had logging on may have contributed to a lot of the phone calls.
"The majority of people calling today are actually really looking for information about the benefits they're going to be provided and the plans being offered, and a lot of people inquiring about their eligibility for various tax incentives," said Jason Madrak, Access Health CT.
It is estimated that 72% of the state's 300,000 plus uninsured residents will be eligible for the the instant tax credits to pay for premiums.
If you are having computer problems or if you are not computer savvy, the call in center can take your application.
The Governor came here Tuesday for a ceremonial ribbon cutting and proclaimed the health exchange open for business.
"We are ready, we are open, we are actually signing people up," said Gov. Dannel Malloy,(D) Connecticut.
And those running this operation say signing everyone up will likely take three years or more.
"Health Reform is going to be criticized by its opponents tomorrow for not having signed up seven million people and it will be called a failure, and the fact is; it's going to take a long time," said Kevin Counihan, C.E.O., Access Health CT.
The call in center phone line for Access Health CT is 1-855-805-4325
You must be signed up by December 15th of this year for coverage to be in place on you or your family by January 1st.
HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) -- People looking for information about Connecticut's new healthcare exchange ran into an internet traffic jam today.
Connecticut's own health exchange, Access Health CT, began accepting applications this morning.
The website went live shortly before 9:30, but the servers were overwhelmed and many people reported via social media that they couldn't access the site.
On Facebook, Access Health CT posted "Please be patient if the site is a little slow this morning."
That elicited one response from a frustrated visitor who said "Slow? It doesn't even work..."
Access Health CT says they enrolled their first Connecticut resident at about 9:25 a.m.
According to the Associated Press, the first to enroll was a family of three who had been signed up on the first day of open enrollment, which runs through May 31.
By 10 a.m., more than 750 people had already been enrolled.
Associated Press said exchange officials have a target of enrolling about 100,000 people.
People who don't want to use the website can call the exchange at 1-855-805-4325.
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