Dismal HealthCare.gov debut numbers
How bad was the first day of open enrollment for Obamacare on HealthCare.gov?
You could almost count the number of people who enrolled for coverage on one hand. Just six enrollments managed to make it through the problem-plagued system in the first 24 hours, according to documents released by the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
Notes from the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO) "War Room" meetings on October 2nd indicate that direct enrollment through the site was not working during those first two days.
CCIIO is part of part of CMS, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services, the agency responsible the roll out of the troubled online insurance marketplace.
While the first handful of enrollments didn't see any failures in application files sent to insurers, known as 834s, notes from a meeting on the morning of October 3rd said that "issuers [are] not receiving 834s they should be getting."
Notes said that a total of 248 enrollments had been processed as of the morning of October 3rd. That contrasts with the Obama administration's report of more than 6 million unique visitors having logged onto the site over the same period.
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has said that her department will not release enrollment figures until mid-November. She told a House panel this week that she did not feel confident releasing numbers now because she didn't trust the data generated by the federal exchange system..
Committee chairman Darrell Issa subpoenaed Secretary Sebelius Wednesday for documents related to HealthCare.gov, including the number of completed enrollments to date. A hearing on the matter has not yet been scheduled.
Sebelius is scheduled to be back on Capitol Hill next week and will appear before the Senate Finance Committee.