476,000 health-care applications filed nationwide
Officials say about a half-million health-insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges. But the officials continue to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets.
The Associated Press
WASHINGTON — Administration officials say about 476,000 health-insurance applications have been filed through federal and state exchanges, the most detailed measure yet of the problem-plagued rollout of President Obama’s signature legislation.
However, the officials continue to refuse to say how many people have actually enrolled in the insurance markets.
Without enrollment figures, it’s unclear whether the program is on track to reach the 7 million people projected by the Congressional Budget Office to gain coverage during the six-month sign-up period.
Obama’s advisers say the president has been frustrated by the flawed rollout. During one of his daily health-care briefings last week, he told advisers assembled in the Oval Office that the administration had to own up to the fact that there were no excuses for not having the website ready to operate as promised.
The president is expected to address the problems on Monday during a health-care event at the White House. Cabinet members and other top administration officials will also be traveling around the country in the coming weeks to encourage sign-ups in areas with the highest population of uninsured people.
The first three weeks of sign-ups have been marred by a cascade of computer problems.
Of the 476,000 applications that have been started, just over half have been from the 36 states where the federal government is taking the lead in running the markets.
The rest of the applications have come from the 14 states running their own markets, along with Washington, D.C.