Fewer than 400 in La. sign up for insurance
WASHINGTON- The administration says fewer than 27,000 people managed to enroll for health insurance last month in the 36 states relying on the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's overhaul.
In Louisiana, the number was 387 people. More than 7,700 people in the state have filled out applications so far seeking coverage for themselves and their families.
The dismal numbers released Wednesday by federal health officials were even lower than estimates recently circulated.
There was one bright spot: States running their own websites did better than the feds, reporting more than 79,000 sign-ups.
Even so, total private insurance enrollment after the first month of the health care rollout was only about one-fifth what the administration had expected during that time period.
Enrollment numbers totaled 106,185.
A Sept. 5 administration estimate had projected that 494,620 people would enroll in the first month.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius says she expects things to improve.
The federal government is handling the online marketplace for Louisiana because Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to let the state create its own website.
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