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HHS: 106,000 people have enrolled for health plans

Nov. 13, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said HealthCare.gov is now a functioning website. / Mandel Ngan / Getty Images

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More than 106,000 people enrolled for health insurance on the federal and state exchanges from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, the Health and Human Services Department announced Wednesday.

About 27,000 people enrolled through the federal HealthCare.gov website and the rest used state exchanges, according to HHS. The federal website has been plagued by error messages, slow load times and other IT issues. Administration officials have promised to fix the website by the end of November.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday that people should log on to HealthCare.gov and search for coverage.

“The website is very much operational and is very much open for business,” Sebelius said.

The agency is constantly improving the website and 90 percent of people seeking to create accounts on the site are successful, she said.

HHS also reported that:

■ 396,000 people have been determined to be eligible for Medicaid or for the Childrens Health Insurance Program.

■ 975,000 people have made it through the application process but have yet to pick a plan.

■ More than 26 million people have visited the site since Oct. 1.

“I think every day we are seeing people create accounts and make their way all the way through the system,” Sebelius said.

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