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Only 250 Arkansans Sign Up For Affordable Care in 1st Month

LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Department of Health and Human Services released Arkansas' enrollment data for individuals who have completed applications to obtain health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Department of Health and Human Services released Arkansas' enrollment data for individuals who have completed applications to obtain health insurance through the new Health Insurance Marketplace.

This covers exactly one month since its launch on Oct. 1. DHHS reported 14,059 were represented. As of Nov. 2, 250 individuals had completed the insurance plan selection process, with another 506 applications still pending.

The number, 250, falls well below expectations, but the Director of the Arkansas Department of Insurance Jay Bradford, says he's focusing on a different number, the 14,000 people that have actually applied.

"Certainly, they're way behind their original projections," Bradford said. "[But] When I see that 14,000 people have completed the application, that is somewhat encouraging for me."

Bradford says the 14,000 is signs of moving in the right direction, but says no one can deny that the healthcare.gov start up was as rough as it could possibly be.

Arkansas Department of Insurance stresses that the plans weren't even view able until Oct. 1 and customers have until Dec. 15 to pay to be eligible for coverage.

Bradford says the low number doesn't take into account the nearly 50,000 who've signed up for the private option here in the state.

For the entire report released by DHHS, see the embedded link.
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