Statement from Enroll America President Anne Filipic on Strong Enrollment Demand on Final Day

HealthCare.gov activates “waiting room” due to high demand; consumers who are in line should be allowed to complete enrollment

Washington, D.C. – Today, on the final day for this Affordable Care Act open enrollment period, Enroll America President Anne Filipic released the following statement about continued high demand for enrollment. Due to high volume, the HealthCare.gov “waiting room” feature has been activated for some consumers who attempting to enroll and are therefore in line for coverage.

“Despite the political uncertainty around the Affordable Care Act, we’ve continued to see very strong interest from consumers who want to find quality, affordable health insurance for their families. We’re gratified to see that strong demand continue into the final day of open enrollment. As in past years, HealthCare.gov has activated the ‘waiting room’ at times of high volume. Also as in past years, we call on the Department of Health and Human Services to allow every consumer who is in the online waiting room or placed in a queue on the telephone hotline before the deadline to complete the enrollment process.”

As with previous enrollment periods, Enroll America will be encouraging all consumers and assisters who encounter the “waiting room” to take a screenshot, in order to document their attempt to enroll in case they need to finalize the process after the enrollment deadline expires.

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