State health insurance enrollment quadrupled in November

State health insurance enrollment quadrupled in November »Play Video
BOISE, Idaho (KBOI) - Enrollment in Idaho's insurance exchange accelerated in November as the federal government raced to fix software problems that had hampered operations during the first month.

In all, 1,730 people have purchased health care plans available on the Your Health Idaho website through Nov. 30.

"We have great news," said Amy Dowd, Your Health Idaho executive director. "Now that the federal application technology is working more smoothly, we are confident that even more Idahoans will be getting health insurance through the marketplace in December and beyond."

But Dowd said the latest numbers do not reflect federal fixes to the online application launched by Health and Human Services Dec. 1.

The figure, announced Wednesday, was about five times the 338 people who managed to select plans during the exchange's first month.

The numbers in Idaho are similar to the national trend.

Enrollment statistics from the Health and Human Services Department showed 364,682 people have signed up for private coverage as of Nov. 30 under the federal health law.

Although that's more than three times the October total, it's less than one-third of the 1.2 million people officials had originally projected would enroll nationwide by the end of November.

But state health insurance exchange officials say they do not have any demographics on who is buying what kind of insurance plans.

"We are very anxious for the level of detail," Dowd told reporters during a conference call Wednesday. But she said until the state can get its own technology to sort that out, it's up to the "willingness" of individual health insurance carriers to share that information.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)