Despite botched rollout of HealthCare.gov, state enrollments for health plans rise in some states

BY newsdesk  November 19, 2013 at 5:55 PM EDT


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HealthCare.gov may have tripped out of the gate, but enrollment in 16 states that are running their own Affordable Care Act websites are expected to reach their targets for 2014 after seeing a surge of consumers signing up for insurance plans in November, state officials said Monday.

The Los Angeles Times reports that the trend varies by location. California’s health insurance marketplace enrolled nearly 31,000 people in October and nearly doubled that number of enrollments in the first two weeks in November. States such as Kentucky and have high rates of people selecting a health plan, while states that rely on the troubled federal website, such as Mississippi and both Dakotas, have seen the lowest rates.

Last week, the Health and Human Service Department released official enrollment totals — 106,000 people enrolled in health plans — that were far below the Obama administration’s projection of nearly 500,000 enrollments for October.