Health Care Signup Target Will Be Hard To Reach

WASHINGTON (October 16, 2013)—Obama administration officials projected that nearly 500,000 people would sign up this month in the new health insurance markets, but that was before the markets opened to a cascade of computer problems.

If the glitches persist and frustrated consumers give up, that goal could be difficult to attain.

An internal memo from the Health and Human Services Department that The Associated Press obtained lists monthly enrollment targets for 50 states and Washington, D.C., through March 31.

In the Sept. 5 memo, officials estimated that 494,620 people would sign up for health insurance by Oct. 31, which the memo said reflected a modest start for the markets.

With 15 days to go this month, however, the federal government has yet to release enrollment numbers for the health care overhaul.

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