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California health exchange website had 514,000 initial visitors

SACRAMENTO — Officials with California's health insurance exchange on Thursday clarified the level of initial interest shown in the website, saying more than 514,000 people visited the online marketplace on its first day.

Covered California spokesman Oscar Hidalgo said those individual visitors showed a high level of interest in the exchange.

The website had more than 5 million page views Tuesday, when exchanges opened for enrollment nationwide, he said. That was the official figure reported to media outlets until the number of unique visitors was announced.

Exchange officials clarified the numbers after conflicting media reports began to surface.

"No matter how you count it, we had an enormous amount of interest," Hidalgo said.

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