The New York Daily News reports that, while “thousands of people” have signed up for Obamacare in New York, the system is still locking out their applications:
In New York, one of only 16 states that has its own exchange, not one person had succeeded in using the site to enroll in a plan as of Friday.
Donna Frescatore, director of the New York State of Health marketplace, said Friday that 134,000 people had registered and shopped on the state’s online health care site since its Oct. 1 launch, and thousands signed up to enroll in a plan.
But the state has repeatedly delayed electronically transmitting those users’ data to insurers offering health plans.
It turns out that it isn’t just a case of pressing “Send”:
The department, which held off in order to verify the accuracy of the information users submitted, said it would transfer the first batch of enrollees’ data — which includes thousands of transactions — as early as Friday night.
Meanwhile, insurers were worried that the state website had incorrect information on details of plans that are available.
Americans have been told that the federal exchanges were problematic but that things were much better at the state level. Can this honestly be said of New York?