Fewer than 50,000 people got insurance through the botched
She told the Journal administration officials expected most enrollees to sign up later, saying this was the pattern when
"We have always anticipated that initial enrollment numbers would be low and increase over time, just as was the experience in
"And, as we have said, the problems with the website will cause the numbers to be lower than initially anticipated," Shields Britt added.
The administration plans to release the private health-insurance signup figures this week.
The federal site -- for residents of the 36 states that didn't create their own state healthcare exchanges -- has been marred by serious technological problems and design flaws from its debut
In some cases, people have been unable even to create accounts to use the site.
The administration initially estimated nearly 500,000 people would enroll in October, internal memos cited by
As of last week, 40,000 to 50,000 federal marketplace users signed up for private health plans, two people familiar with the figures told the newspaper.
The figure doesn't include people in the 36 states who used the federal website to learn if they qualify for
An application is an early step for a consumer to find out about pricing and eligibility for policies before enrolling.
Separately, 12 of the 14 states running their own healthcare exchanges enrolled 49,100 people as of Sunday, not counting most
These states will account for 1.4 million exchange enrollees by the end of 2014, Avalere projected.
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