DENVER (AP) - Colorado's health exchange website was overwhelmed by volume on its first day and is advising consumers they can't create more accounts under the Affordable Care Act until further notice.
Architects of Colorado health exchange had hoped for a quiet first day. The Connect for Health Colorado website is where consumers without insurance can buy plans. It ran a banner encouraging visitors on Tuesday to keep browsing until its full services are restored.
It's the big "reveal" for Obamacare. Customers who need health insurance will be able to use the site to find out what their choices are, what their premiums will be and whether they qualify for subsidies to reduce their payments.
Colorado has 180 people working a call center in Colorado Springs to help customers through the process.
There's no reason to rush - coverage doesn't start until January, and people without health insurance have until the end of the year to sign up.
Connect for Health spokesman Ben Davis tells The Denver Post that consumers had created 1,000 accounts early Tuesday before new accounts were suspended.
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