California Leads Nation in Meager Obamacare Enrollment

Image: California Leads Nation in Meager Obamacare Enrollment A customer service agent at Covered California's Concord call center waves a flag for technical assistance during the opening day of Obamacare enrollment on Oct. 1.

Thursday, 14 Nov 2013 05:24 AM

By Elliot Jager

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With just over 106,000 people having placed health plans in their shopping baskets — far from the 464,920 the administration originally hoped would sign up during the first month— California ranks as number one in enrollees with 35,364 having selected a private plan, followed by New York with 16,404, The New York Times reported.
 
California is also the state that has the highest number of uninsured.
 
Florida, which comes in third in numbers of uninsured, enrolled 3,571 — the most enrollees through the federal exchange.

Nationally, most enrollees — 76,319 — came through the 14 state-run marketplaces with just 26,794 making it through HealthCare.gov. All told, seven million people have been projected to enroll during the first six-months of the program, the Times reported.

Among states not running their own exchanges, those signing up the fewest enrollees include North Dakota, 42; Alaska, 53; South Dakota, 58; and Delaware, 97.

Some state exchanges did even worse. Hawaii, Massachusetts, and Oregon have no enrollees. In contrast, Kentucky's state exchange came in third behind California and New York with 5,586 enrollees.

The administration said that 846,184 Americans had begun the application process for themselves or their families in either the state or federal marketplaces.

The Department of Health and Human Services reported
roughly 27 million unique visitors to the various exchange websites and over 3 million calls made to marketplace call centers.

Administration authorities attributed California's high number to extensive outreach efforts.

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