ACA Enrollment Low, But Washington State Shines

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It's been six weeks since the Affordable Care Act rolled out, and the first round of enrollment numbers are finally being reported.

“As of this first period, 106,000 Americans have enrolled in qualified health plans through the marketplace, and 396,000 people have learned that they may be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP," Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a media teleconference on Wednesday.

"What's more, upwards of 975,000 have made it through the process of applying and getting an eligibility determination and are still shopping for a plan," she continued. "So again, the marketplace is working. People are enrolling.”

Many can argue that the marketplace is not working. But in Washington state, more than 55,000 people enrolled in health coverage during the month of October. About 40,000 more have applied for coverage through the state-run exchange.

What’s working in the evergreen state? It may be that the website actually is.

Joining The Takeaway to explain how the state of Washington developed its site is Michael Marchand, Director of Communications for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange.