Some insurers, enrollment organizations and exchange managers say enrollment system glitches are holding back strong demand for coverage.

But as soon as those glitches get fixed — which is slowing happening — enrollment should surge, they predict.

Mike Reitz, president of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana, said that the carrier has received few complete applications, but he said he had heard that independent agents and Louisiana Blue agents were "holding hundreds of submissions in queues, awaiting the opportunity to submit them electronically" once the Web-based enrollment system is working better.

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, a senior reporter at ThinkAdvisor and BenefitsPRO, previously was an associate editor at National Underwriter Life & Health. She has a bachelor's degree in economics from Washington University in St. Louis and a master's degree in journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. She can be reached through X at @Think_Allison.