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Fewer than 400 Kansans used federal website to get health insurance

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at 3:04 p.m.

Fewer than 400 Kansans selected an insurance plan on the online health marketplace at HealthCare.gov during the site’s first month of operation, according to a report released by the federal Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday afternoon.

Nationwide, 26,794 people selected a plan on the marketplace in October in the 36 states that are using the federal website, which has been riddled with technical problems.

In the states that chose to run their own websites, 79,391 people have enrolled in plans under the Affordable Care Act.

The report uses information from when open enrollment began on Oct. 1 through Nov. 1.

According to the report, about 6,000 Kansans completed applications online for coverage of about 12,000 people.

The report also indicates that about 1,700 Kansans were determined to be eligible for Medicaid through the application process on the website. About 1,400 people had “pending” applications and eligibility determinations in Kansas, according to the report.

Nationwide, 846,184 people completed applications, and 106,185 people were able to enroll and select an insurance plan.

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