More Nebraskans, Few Iowans Enroll In Health Care Plan

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

A new report indicates nearly 2,000 Nebraskans have signed up for a health care plan out of nearly 23,000 who applied through the new federal marketplace.

The enrollment numbers released Wednesday cover a period from October 1st through November 30th. The figures show growth over the October enrollment, when only 338 had successfully enrolled out of nearly 10,000 who applied.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says about 16,500 Nebraskans who applied have been deemed eligible for a marketplace plan.

Nebraska is one of 36 states that relied on the federal website after Gov. Dave Heineman rejected a state-run marketplace as too expensive and inflexible.

Just over 750 Iowans have enrolled using the federal marketplace website, a fraction of the people who have applied for coverage.

Nearly 13,000 applications were completed on the website for insurance to cover roughly 25,000 people. From those applications, about 5,000 individuals have been deemed eligible for financial assistance to pay for insurance and roughly 7,400 will be eligible for low-income health programs like Medicaid.

The numbers come in the wake of the federal government website, Healthcare.gov, which experienced technical problems after its launch.


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