Number of those who picked health exchange plans low in Missouri, Illinois

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by Associated Press

KMOV.com

Posted on November 13, 2013 at 3:37 PM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 6:50 AM

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reports that only 751 Missouri and 1,370 Illinois residents selected a health insurance plan through a federally run online marketplace during the first month of its troubled launch.

HHS released the figures Wednesday. The department said the insurance exchange had about 14,100 completed applications from Missouri from Oct. 1 to Nov. 2. Those applications sought coverage for about 28,000 people.

In Illinois, about 30,901 people completed applications. Coverage for about 56,600 people was being sought in those applications.

The federal government did not say how many of the people selecting a health plan had started paying premiums.

Nationally, HHS says fewer than 27,000 people signed up for health insurance through the federal exchange.

The federal health care overhaul set up online marketplaces to help people find affordable insurance, but the rollout of the HHS website has been rocky from the start.

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