Mississippians Aren't Enrolling In New Health Insurance Marketplace

Mississippians Aren't Enrolling In New Health Insurance Marketplace

Mississippi's insurance commissioner says only 35 people have enrolled in the state's marketplace.
MISSISSIPPI -- First impressions of the Affordable Care Act aren't living up to expectations. Website and registration problems have persisted since the roll-out.

Across the country, states are experiencing low enrollment numbers. Mississippi has some of the lowest numbers in the entire country.

Mississippi's insurance commissioner says only 35 people have enrolled in the state's marketplace. That would be 35 out of more than 500,000 people who don't have insurance.

Brian Eben needs to get insurance, but so far he hasn't made any moves to buy it. He's joined by hundreds of thousands of Mississippians.

"I'm currently not a fan on it being a law to have to have insurance," Eben says.

Recent numbers from Mississippi's insurance commission show only 35 people have enrolled in the state's marketplace.

For his part, Eben's worried about being able to afford coverage.

"It's going to be harder for lower income families cause a lot of people, they stress enough having to pay bills. And she's 9 months pregnant yesterday so we have to look forward to that and spending more money on bills."

"Most definitely," his wife Tessa says. "Because of how expensive it's supposed to be. My mom was looking at it and they had list of how much it's supposed to be."

The experts say healthcare.gov's website problems have likely hindered enrollment. People have reported trouble from day one.

For the Affordable Care Act to work, millions of Americans must register.

They have until mid -December to enroll for coverage that starts in January. The deadline to avoid a fine is March 31st.

"I guess I'm going to have to get insurance I don't have a choice."

But knowing all this, Eben's still left with one big question.

"Where do they think this money is going to come from to pay insurance?"

Mississippi's most recent numbers are about a week old. We called the Federal Marketplace Call center for an update on where the numbers stand this week. We're still waiting to hear back.
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