Affordable Care Act Enrollments Surge In The Final Six Weeks

May 1, 2014

More than 55,000 Louisiana residents enrolled for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, in the last six weeks of the enrollment process. That brings the total to almost 102,000, the Department of Health and Human Services reported Thursday.

Federal officials had set a goal of 94,000 enrollees for Louisiana.

The 55,000 in Louisiana who signed up for "Obamacare" in the last six weeks of the enrollment process compared to only 45,000 who enrolled in the first five months of open enrollment. Initial signups were stymied by a poorly performing computer system.

The late signup trend also occurred nationally, with 4.8 million of the 8 million who signed up doing so in the final weeks of the open enrollment period.