Health Care Signups Increase; Nevada Goal Lowered

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Nevada exchange officials are slashed their enrollment target by more than half.

The exchange had hoped to enroll 118,000 people by March 31. But sign-ups have lagged, with only 23,686 people selecting plans on the exchange as of last week.

A spokesman said the exchange now projects enrollment of 50,000 by the end of next month.

But even that may be ambitious. To reach that target, the exchange will have to sign up about the same number of people in the next six weeks as it did in the first four months.


WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration says about 1 million people signed up for private insurance under the health care law in January.

That extends a turnaround from early days when a dysfunctional website frustrated consumers.

Numbers released Wednesday show nearly 3.3 million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

Enrollment is gaining ground, but the government's initial target of 7 million by the end of March still seems like a stretch.

Officials aren't able to say how many of those who've signed up were previously uninsured - the law's ultimate test.

The latest numbers show wide gaps between states.

At least 10 states have met or surpassed sign-up targets.

Surprisingly, the worst performers include four jurisdictions where the law has strong support: Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and the District of Columbia.