The federal health insurance marketplace website has remained largely inaccessible, but the state’s largest insurer reports that at least some residents have gotten through to buy insurance.
Insurance experts say the delay in improving access to the website may actually benefit people by giving them time to research the various available plans.
But that benefit of that will be limited as the site, healthcare.gov, continues to have delays.
Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey was the first to report sales through the marketplace, which is intended to be a one-stop shop for residents to buy insurance and learn whether they are eligible for federal tax credits to make monthly insurance premiums more affordable, as well as other cost-sharing subsidies.
The marketplace, a central feature of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, began a six-month open enrollment period on October 1, but was difficult to access through its first six days.
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