Washington (CNN) - The White House said Thursday that its Spanish-language health care enrollment tools will not be ready to launch until three weeks after the start of registration on Tuesday.
Administration officials explained there will be Spanish-language speakers on the government's help line beginning on the first day of open enrollment, but the site CuidadodeSalud.gov, will not allow Spanish speakers to compare insurance plans and enroll entirely in Spanish until the week of October 21.
CuidadodeSalud.gov is the Spanish version of the English website, HealthCare.gov.
The October 21 date, one administration official noted, kicks off a “week of action” tied to Hispanic Heritage month.
White House spokesman Jay Carney said Thursday the administration expects 70% of Latinos will enroll via the English-language site.
“Everything opens on October 1st. Anybody can call in. There will be Spanish speakers available, navigators available who speak Spanish in order to walk enrollees through the process,” Carney told reporters at the White House.
One White House official said the lag between the English and Spanish launch was needed and disputed the characterization of the different times as a delay.
The official also noted the Spanish-language site came several months after the English language site when they were first rolled out.
“We knew we had to be flexible to make sure things are done right,” the official said.