BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Insurance companies are seeing a small number of people in Louisiana signing up for health insurance plans through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) exchange website.
Enrollments remain low because of the problems people are having with using the HealthCare.gov website.
Twelve people have purchased an insurance plan through the site from Vantage Health Plan.
Vantage is one of insurers selling coverage through the exchange.
Vantage spokesman Billy Justice said the low figure wasn’t surprising.
He said traffic on the website is extremely busy, and he noted that the enrollment period that opened last week runs through March. Justice, director of marketing and sales for the Monroe-based company, said people are sifting through their options, but not buying just yet.
“They’ve got six months to do this,” he said Wednesday. “I didn’t expect to have 5,000 people sign up on Day 1. People are shopping through the website. Could it be better? Yes. But it’s not that bad.”