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Monday, Feb 24 2014 02:53 PM

Covered California portal back online

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    By AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli

    Peter Lee, executive director of Covered California, the state agency running the state's new health exchange, announces the plans and prices that will be offered by private insurers during a news conference in Sacramento, Calif., Thursday, May 23, 2013.

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By THE BAKERSFIELD CALIFORNIAN

The enrollment website where Californians can apply for health coverage through Covered California or Medi-Cal became operational again Monday after nearly a week offline.

Part of the Covered California website (www.coveredca.com) was taken offline last Wednesday so engineers could work on a software glitch that had caused the enrollment portion of the site to freeze up as some consumers were completing or submitting applications.

The informational and shop and compare portions on the site remained functional, but consumers could not sign up for coverage.

As of 4 a.m. Monday, all of the site was working again.

The deadline for the uninsured to buy health insurance and avoid tax penalties is March 31.

Covered California took the site down to address database configuration errors possibly brought on by a software malfunction during scheduled maintenance on Feb. 16.

Officials are assessing the cause of the malfunction, which does not involve any security compromises, according to Covered California and the Department of Health Services.

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