Pick your excuse.
Local Web problems, federal data hub problems, bad publicity, a reduction in pent-up demand or simple Halloween distraction all could have been responsible for sluggish activity on the Colorado and Rhode Island exchanges during their fifth week of operation.
Managers of the Connect for Health Colorado and the HealthSource RI report lower weekly application and enrollment figures in their latest updates.
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act enrollment period began Oct. 1.
At the Colorado exchange, the number of new accounts slipped to 7,607, down from a weekly average of 11,000.
The number of consumers enrolled in private health insurance through the exchange fell to 244, from a weekly average of about 800.
In Rhode Island, the number of new applications fell to 1,922, from 2,206 the previous week.
The number of coverage applications processed fell to 880, from 1,110.