The U.S. government website for the Affordable Care Act has been hit by a computer glitch one day before the latest deadline for consumers to sign up for health insurance.
Some applications for Obamacare insurance plans offered on healthcare.gov couldn’t be submitted today because of “intermittent issues” with verifying a customer’s income through external sources, Katie Hill, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, said in an e-mailed statement. The deadline is Sunday to sign up for coverage starting March 1.
“Our team is working hard to resolve this issue quickly,” Hill said. Both the Internal Revenue Service and the website’s staff are looking for the cause of the problem.
It’s not the first time that healthcare.gov has faced technological issues. Last year, the government signed up only about 2.2 million people in the site’s first three months as the staff struggled to fix software bugs. The government said last month that it had signed up about 9.5 million people for Obamacare coverage for this year.