Just a heads up that the Healthcare.gov website will be out of order from 3pm Saturday afternoon until 5pm Tuesday morning while the Social Security Administration performs its annual system maintenance on its computers.
Oddly, as The Hill points out, this scheduled downtime begins on the last day that people can sign up for a March 1st effective date. While that seems like poor planning, the maintenance also occurs over the long holiday weekend (which, if you think about it, would have been the perfect time for people to spend a couple hours figuring out their options and enrolling in health coverage…so yes, it is poor planning).
Of course, with the Healthcare.gov site down, it will be difficult for agents to assist their clients who need to apply for a premium tax credit since the eligibility determination runs through the Healthcare.gov website in states that are using the Federally Facilitated Exchange.
Perhaps this is a good time for agents to take a couple days off to relax and rejuvenate. The initial enrollment period ends March 31st, so we’ll have 6 weeks of nonstop enrollments as soon as we get back to work. Are you prepared to handle the volume?