AUSTIN (AP) — Fewer than 3,000 Texans managed to enroll for health insurance last month on the problem-plagued federal online exchange that’s a centerpiece of President Barack Obama’s health care overhaul.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday that 2,991 people in Texas had selected a plan from the insurance marketplace.
Nearly 54,000 Texans applied for a health plan through the exchange. They sought coverage for more than 108,000 people — including themselves, spouses and children.
So few succeeded because the federal site offering insurance coverage has been beset with problems since its October 1 rollout.
Texas has the highest rate of uninsured Americans — more than 23 percent.
But it’s relying on the federal health coverage exchange website since the GOP-controlled Texas Legislature refused to create a state-run marketplace.
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