Managers of HealthCare.gov say the open enrollmentperiod for 2017 has gotten off to a busy start.

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The level of activity during the first six hours of the openenrollment period was 50 percent higher than during the comparableperiod in 2015, and HealthCare.gov took in 150,000 coverageapplications during the first full day of the enrollment period,according to officials at the U.S. Department of Health and HumanServices.

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HHS set up HealthCare.gov to provide Affordable Care Act exchange enrollment andaccount administration services in states that are unable orunwilling to handle that job themselves.

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The open enrollment period for 2017 started Tuesday.

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A year ago, HHS officials said HealthCare.gov had taken in about250,000 coverage applications during the first full day of the openenrollment period for 2016.

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MNsure, Minnesota's state-based exchange enrollment system, wasdown much of the day yesterday because of some combination of heavyvolume, technical glitches and efforts by ACA opponents to crash the system by floodingit with visits. In spite of the technical problems, about stateresidents used the system to apply for coverage for about 5,000people, according to the Twin Cities Pioneer Press.

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MNsure may have spurred consumers to try to sign up for exchangeplan coverage early by announcing that it will impose enrollmentcaps for 2017 on coverage from most participating carriers. BluePlus is the only exchange issuer selling coverage withoutprotection from an enrollment cap.

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George Kalogeropoulos, the chief executive officer ofHealthSherpa.com, a San Francisco-based "Web broker entity" thathelps retail insurance agents and brokers submit ACA exchangecoverage applications for their customers, says HealthSherpa.comactivity levels support the idea that the ACA exchange system hasbeen very busy.

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"As of day two of open enrollment, the traffic onHealthSherpa.com has been through the roof," Kalogeropoulos said inan email. "We know HealthCare.gov is getting 50 percent morewebsite visits compared to last year, and our website isexperiencing that surge as well."

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Allison Bell

Allison Bell, ThinkAdvisor's insurance editor, previously was LifeHealthPro's health insurance editor. 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 at [email protected] or on Twitter at @Think_Allison.