|By Mike Dennison, The Montana Standard, Butte|
|McClatchy-Tribune Information Services|
Through November, only 1,382 Montanans have chosen health insurance policies through the federally run website, www.healthcare.gov, the
The president of a
"What's really going to make or break us is what's going to happen in December," said
Dworak said telephone traffic at Co-op offices has basically tripled since the start of December, evidence that the website is working for them and consumers are getting ready to buy policies before a
The state online marketplace is a key component of the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, as it offers health insurance policies to people who don't have access to larger, employer-based group health plans.
People are supposed to be able to shop the marketplace and, if they qualify, get federal subsidies to help pay for the policies. Most people earning between 100 percent and 400 percent of the federal poverty level --
But the federally run website, launched
On Wednesday, HHS released numbers on the website's use through November, as well as figures from all state marketplaces.
Of those, 9,600 people have been found eligible to get coverage through the website and nearly 4,800 are eligible for a subsidy.
Only 1,382 people have actually chosen policies on the website and paid or agreed to pay a premium for coverage starting
People who've signed up so far in
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