Improvements to ACA website have helped consumers

By WEEK Producer

Improvements to ACA website have helped consumers

December 11, 2013 Updated Dec 11, 2013 at 9:32 PM CDT

CHICAGO, Ill. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services released numbers for the first two months of enrollment under the Affordable Care Act today.

They indicate that just over half of the applications of the nearly 124 thousand people have been completed from Illinois and just over 7 thousand have selected a private health care program since October 1.

In order to have coverage on January 1, consumers must enroll in a health plan by December 23 and paid a premium by December 31 through the plans offered through healthcare.gov. The full open enrollment period for the Marketplace runs through March 31, 2014.