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Feds Release Obamacare Enrollment Figures

Feds Release Obamacare Enrollment Figures

Fewer than 400 Louisiana residents were able to sign up for health insurance last month through the federally run online marketplace created under President Barack Obama's health revamp.

Website problems left many people unable to enroll for coverage despite repeated attempts.

Federal health officials released enrollment figures Wednesday for October, showing fewer than 27,000 people had completed the full process to get coverage across the 36 states using the federal website.

In Louisiana, the number was 387 people. More than 7,700 people in the state have filled out applications so far seeking coverage for themselves and their families.

State Insurance Commissioner Jim Donelon says the low enrollment figures are surprising.

"I would have thought tens of thousands would have accessed coverage through the marketplace," Donelon said.

The federal government is handling the online marketplace for Louisiana because Gov. Bobby Jindal refused to let the state create its own website.

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