Miss. insurance commissioner says 35 have enrolled on health insurance online marketplace

Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Tuesday morning that 35 people had enrolled in health insurance coverage since the online marketplace launched Oct. 1.

That figure was given to Chaney by Magnolia Healthcare, one of two carriers on the state’s federally run exchange. All 35 enrollees had selected plans offered by Magnolia, Chaney said. Humana, the other carrier, had not reported any enrollees as of Monday, Chaney said.

The exchange, created under the Affordable Care Act, has had trouble from the jump. Users have reported difficulty logging in, creating an account and verifying their identity. The problems have gotten so persistent that President Barack Obama addressed them in a speech Monday, in which he promised the website would be fixed.

The website troubles have kept Mississippi’s enrollment suppressed, Chaney said. “If you had access, that number would likely be higher,” he said.

Clarion Ledger