Nov. 14, 2013
About 1,000 Virginians enrolled in health plans through the federal and state insurance marketplace during its first month.
The enrollments occurred from October 1st through November 1st as the federal government struggled to overcome flaws in the electronic system it operates in Virginia and 35 other states.
Governor Bob McDonnell decided last year the federal government would run the marketplace in Virginia.
Advocates tell media outlets that they expect the Virginia numbers to increase, with more than 32,500 people eligible to purchase insurance in the marketplace.
The federal and state marketplaces completed more than 846,000 applications for health coverage for more than 1.5 million people. One million of those people were found eligible for coverage in the marketplaces. Of those, about 10 percent completed enrollment for benefits that will take effect Jan. 1.
In Virginia, the federal marketplace completed 21,667 applications for coverage of 42,341 people and found 32,534 were eligible. A total of 1,023 completed enrollment.