Numerous tech problems mar first day of insurance exchanges

|By:, SA News Editor

Millions of people visited the Web sites of health-insurance exchanges yesterday on their first day of operations, although, as expected, many of the sites were beset by technical glitches.

It's unclear how much of the traffic translated into sales - Connecticut's site received 28,000 hits as of 4 pm but only 167 people had applied to buy insurance.

The exchanges have been created as a key part of Obamacare.

Health insurers that are selling plans on exchanges include UnitedHealth (UNH), Aetna (AET), WellPoint (WLP), Health Net (HNT) and Humana (HUM). Molina Healthcare (MOH) is also playing a role.

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