breaking news

Springfield woman accused of not treating 3-month-old with broken leg

HealthCare.gov goes down briefly on deadline day


HealthCare.gov went down briefly early Monday morning. Not great timing, considering Monday is the last day of open enrollment for 2014.

The site was down for nearly five hours – from 3:20 a.m. to 8 a.m. Health and Human Services officials said the problem was a software bug discovered overnight. (Via Healthcare.gov)

The site typically shuts down between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m. for fixes and updates. A Medicare and Medicaid spokesperson reportedly wrote in an email Monda.  

“The tech team extended regular maintenance window this morning and is bringing the system online gradually to best meet consumer demand.” (Via The Washington Post)

And demand is high, according to CNBC. “Millions of people have logged onto the site in the last few days, and the federal government said as of last week, 6 million people had applied for insurance.”

That number is good news for the Obama Administration, which has been fighting for positive press since the site’s troubled start last year.

But Politico points out, “[Monday’s] glitch will inevitably remind everyone -- including the law’s GOP critics -- of Obamacare’s disastrous start last October when the HealthCare.gov didn’t work at all.”

That said, the administration has already announced an extension for those who were locked out this morning. As long as you get in line Monday, you’ll be able to apply. (Via Healthcare.gov)

The site is currently live and applications can also be submitted via phone. Paper applications will be accepted until April 7.



Reader Comments ...


Next Up in Nation World

Senate reaches compromise to end shutdown
Senate reaches compromise to end shutdown

Senate Democrats agreed to support a bill today to re-open the federal government until early next month in return for Republican promises to permit a floor debate on a bill to provide protection for the children of undocumented immigrants, a program known as the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals, or DACA. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N...
Florida man wrestles, wrangles gator outside his home
Florida man wrestles, wrangles gator outside his home

What does a southwest Florida man do when a gator gets too close to his home? He wrangles it. Michael Stauffer, of Bokeelia, told Fox 4 that when an alligator got too comfy crawling around his backyard, he grabbed a broom and towel, jumped on its back and wrangled it. He wrapped the towel around its snout and duct-taped it shut.  He then...
Funeral home director charged with stealing $284,000 from seniors who pre-paid for funerals
Funeral home director charged with stealing $284,000 from seniors who pre-paid for funerals

Fayette County funeral home director is facing charges for allegedly stealing $284,000 from clients -- mostly seniors -- who pre-paid for their own funerals.  >> Read more trending news  Stephen Kezmarsky, III, 50 was arrested and charged with taking the money from 51 clients for funeral expenses at the Kezmarsky Funeral Home, officials...
The Great Blizzard of 1978: Why we can’t forget it
The Great Blizzard of 1978: Why we can’t forget it

When I was just 4 years old, I can remember seeing something I had never seen before. While I was very young, I can remember this event very clearly, as most of my family and neighbors back then do. »PHOTOS: Blizzard of 1978 In fact, it was the first time in recorded history that snow fell in the town I was born, Fort Lauderdale, Fla. Yes, it...
Olivia Munn shut down Chris Pratt dating rumors by texting Anna Faris
Olivia Munn shut down Chris Pratt dating rumors by texting Anna Faris

Actors Olivia Munn and Chris Pratt sparked dating rumors when the pair were spotted having dinner over the weekend, but Munn says they are not together. Just Jared reported that the 37-year-old “Magic Mike” actress took to social media to shut down rumors, and she had receipts from a surprising source. >> Read more trending news ...
More Stories