Brokers are skeptical about how any of the 700,000 health insurance applications that the government says it’s received so far are from the 36 federally-run exchange states. However, a spokeswoman from the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Friday that “half” of that number come from the federal exchange states.
“I would assume that most of those applications were done on state exchanges,” says Anne Petry, an insurance broker in Forsyth, Ill., a state relying on the feds. “I’ve heard they’re running better.” The independent adviser at Jaggi Insurance and Investments says she waited until this week to even attempt enrolling clients on Healthcare.gov, and “all appointments have lasted over two hours and all have ended unsuccessfully.”
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