AP: Illinois health insurance market begins second day

CHICAGO (AP) – Illinois officials say they’re ready for the second day of a new health insurance marketplace and they’re hoping people will have better luck signing up for coverage.

Problems with a federal website Tuesday prevented many people in Illinois and elsewhere from setting up accounts, comparing insurance policies and enrolling for coverage under the nation’s new health law.

By midmorning Wednesday, Champaign Urbana Public Health District Administrator Julie Pryde says the federal website was working after glitches earlier in the day.

The federal government is running the technical side of the Illinois marketplace because state lawmakers didn’t approve a state-run system.

The Get Covered Illinois website has received more than 100,000 unique visitors as of 8 a.m. Wednesday. Spokeswoman Kelly Sullivan says officials appreciate consumers’ patience.