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CMS maintains Healthcare.gov scheduled downtime for 2019 open enrollment

October 09, 2018 / Evan Sweeney

The Trump administration will once again take Healthcare.gov offline each Sunday morning during this year’s open enrollment for a total of 60 hours of planned maintenance. The schedule mimics last year’s planned downtime, which drew criticism from Affordable Care Act advocates and lawmakers who accused the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of using the downtime to prevent consumers from enrolling in exchange plans. By the end of last year's open enrollment period, however, the agency ended up using just a portion of the planned downtime.