Fixes to the website included increasing the number of users it can handle at one time to 50,000 visitors, and a new "queuing" feature that, during peak hours, will suggest better times for visitors to return to the site.
Other improvements included decreasing the average amount of time it takes for a healthcare.gov webpage to load to just a fraction of a second - a vast improvement over the exchange when it first launched and pages took up to eight seconds to load, according to NPR. Several other hardware and software upgrades were to designed improve the user experience. The efficacy of these fixes is not yet known.
"The real tests are - Were my premium payment and subsidy accurately calculated? Am I getting the coverage I signed up for? If my income situation changes, will the reconciliation occur in a timely fashion?" Rick Howard, a research director at technology consultant Gartner, told Reuters.