Obamacare enrollment picked up slightly in November but remains far short of the administration’s initial targets.
Roughly 264,000 people signed up for private insurance coverage last month through state and federal exchanges by the end of the month, according to data from the Health and Human Services Department. That brings the total to about 364,000 for October and November.
About 137,000 people have signed up so far through HealthCare.gov, the federally run website that serves 36 states, HHS said. Another 227,000 have signed up in the 14 states that chose to set up their own exchanges.
The disappointing report on November enrollment is not a surprise: HealthCare.gov was not working for consumers for most of the month, and HHS wasn’t trying to direct people to the site. Enrollment has surged since Dec. 1, when HHS announced that the site is working well for the “vast majority of users”—it recorded a combined 29,000 enrollments on Dec. 1 and 2, figures that aren’t reflected in the latest report.