Feds: 250 Arkansans Got Coverage Through Website

Nov 13, 2013

Federal officials say 250 Arkansans managed to enroll for health insurance last month by using the problem-filled federal website for President Barack Obama's health care overhaul.

The figures released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services were even lower than recent estimates for the 36 states, including Arkansas, that are using the federal insurance exchange.

The statistics show nearly 7,300 Arkansans completed applications for health insurance policies on the site.

A recent study by the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation health policy group suggests 150,000 Arkansans are eligible for subsidies to purchase health insurance online.

The federal website has been mired with problems since it went live Oct. 1, but administration officials have said HealthCare.gov will be running smoothly for most users by Nov. 30.