Report: 398 Alaskans pick marketplace plans

Dec 11, 2013 -- 12:30pm
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Government figures show 398 Alaskans signed up for private health insurance during the first two months of the online marketplace. The federally run site that provides access for individuals to shop for insurance to help meet requirements of the new health care law has been marred by glitches since its Oct. 1 launch. Prior figures released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services showed 53 Alaskans signed up during the first month of enrollment. In states like Alaska, which have relied on the federally run site for access, about 137,000 individuals had selected plans as of Nov. 30. More than 227,000 individuals signed up in states running their own sites. Open enrollment runs through March, though Dec. 23 is the deadline to enroll for coverage beginning Jan. 1. 

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