Fewer than 50,000 people successfully enrolled through HealthCare.gov

BY newsdesk  November 11, 2013 at 6:59 PM EDT

The Obama administration is expected to release the official enrollment data for HealthCare.gov this week. The Wall Street Journal reports that advance numbers show the administration falling significantly short of their goal. Photo by Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Affordable Care Act’s website, HealthCare.gov, enrolled 40,000 to 50,000 people in private health insurance plans by the end of last week, sources told the Wall Street Journal Monday. While the Obama administration is expected to release official numbers this week, the initial figure falls short of the goal of 500,000 October enrollments. With HealthCare.gov serving 36 states, the Journal reported that the figure doesn’t include new Medicaid enrollments and the 49,000 enrollments from state-run exchanges. Also, some states, such as California, have not transmitted their enrollment data yet.

NPR also reported Monday that 94 percent of major federal IT projects have been just as unsuccessful as the stalled rollout of HealthCare.gov, according to the research firm the Standish Group. Of those, Computer World reports, 52 percent of these large-scale projects were over budget or behind schedule while 42 percent were failures.