While there have been lots of reports of technical glitches and huge obstacles for consumers trying to sign up on the healthcare.gov website, the federal government releases for the first time local figures on the number of people purchasing plans. Here are those numbers: in Kansas, 371, in Missouri, 751.
Dave Helling reported on the Shepherds Center of Kansas City, which received federal funding as a healthcare navigator group to help consumers sign up for coverage: “For six weeks, trained experts at the Shepherd’s Center of Kansas City waited to help thousands of uninsured residents obtain subsidized. By the first week of November, those experts had finished signing up eight people for coverage. Eight.”
“We figured we’d have eight people on the first day. In the first hours,” said Pamela Seymour, the center’s executive director.