Washington State Health Exchange Up and Down

Washington Health Exchange Extends Enrollment

SEATTLE (AP) — It was a ragged opening weekend for the Washington state health insurance exchange where people buy insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

The Healthplanfinder website went down after the open enrollment period began Saturday because of a glitch involving tax credit calculations. It came back online Sunday only to go down again for what the website called scheduled maintenance.

The site was back Monday morning although it missed a promised 4 a.m. startup.

The open enrollment period continues through Feb. 15. Officials hope the 145,000 people who bought insurance through the program last year renew and that as many as 85,000 more sign up.

People who do not buy insurance will be fined through their income taxes.