Very low individual health exchange signups in NM

November 13, 2013 • State News

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Fewer than 200 New Mexicans signed up for health insurance plans through a troubled federal online marketplace during its first month of operation, the Obama administration reported Wednesday.

The announcement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services confirmed the disappointing enrollment that New Mexico officials had expected because of computer glitches that hampered the start of the federal health insurance exchange.

“Everybody is pretty frustrated with the feds,” said Dr. J. R. Damron, chairman of the governing board of New Mexico’s state-run insurance exchange that is handling enrollment of small businesses.

Fellow board member Jason Sandel expressed a harsher view and said he wants the state to more quickly take over enrolling individuals rather than waiting for the federal website to be fixed.

“I don’t have any great hope that something is Login to read more

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