As enrollment starts to increase, the government has started using manual work-arounds for the various software errors that plague HealthCare.gov. About 365,000 people have signed up for private insurance in the last two months, and 5 million visited the site in the first week of December, according to Reuters.
Here’s what enrollment looks like compared to the state-run exchanges:
Here’s more on what’s still missing from the site:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius described the manual procedure as a temporary measure for software applications that have not yet been built, tested and incorporated into the massive system behind the HealthCare.gov website.
Still missing are an automated system for verifying that consumers who sign up for insurance through HealthCare.gov are actually enrolled with a carrier, and a separate computer function for paying billions of dollars in federal subsidies to insurers on behalf of lower-income policyholders.