NM federal health exchange ads stalled due to website problems

By Rob Nikolewski on October 18, 2013
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PARTIAL SHUTDOWN: Problems with the federal government’s Obamacare website has delayed part of the overall advertising campaign in New Mexico.

By Rob Nikolewski │ New Mexico Watchdog

SANTA FE — The advertising blitz from the  aimed at individuals looking to sign up for policies under the is on hold due to technical problems with the federal government’s website.

“We’re holding back on paid media until we know when the glitches at the federal exchange can get worked out,” NMIX spokeswoman .

The marketing and public relations campaign that includes television commercials and billboards has already launched to promote the statewide exchange, which signs up small businesses and their employees. The ad campaign is estimated to

But the federal website for individual policies, , has been unable to allow many in New Mexico to obtain information on what coverage options they have since the ACA rolled out Oct. 1.

“That’s my understanding,” told earlier this week. “I know we’ve tried, but (customers) haven’t been able to get through.”

A reporter from New Mexico Watchdog has tried six times since Oct. 1 to compare individual coverage prices on the federal government’s site, to no avail.

Other states directing consumers to have reported similar problems in the last 18 days. On Thursday, President Obama has instructed his team to “work 24/7″ to address the website problems.

New Mexico is one of 36 states that sends customers interested in individual Obamacare policies to the federal site. Next year, NMIX will start handling enrollment for individual policies. NMIX consumer advocate Dr. Deane Waldman said earlier this month he’s “very hopeful and confident that a year from now — at least for New Mexicans — when (the NMIX runs things) that problem will no longer exist.”

While the site sputters, NMIX officials say they’re very happy with the roll out of the (SHOP).  Hunn told the Albuquerque Journal that as of Thursday, 672 small businesses have set up accounts on the exchange.

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One Comment For This Post So Far

  1. whiskeyriver
    9:02 am on October 20th, 2013

    Over 200,000 people have signed up to go to Mars when technology catches up with the dream. Fewer than 60,000 have been able to sign up for Obamacare. Twitter handles tens of millions of Tweets daily, the government can’t put together a website that can handle a few thousand.

    I wouldn’t bet on things getting any better either. After all, Social Security has been around since 1935 and it is a convoluted mess and out of money to boot. Government has had 78 years to get it right, and failed, so what makes people think a gooberment run healthcare system will be any different?

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