TOPEKA, Kan. - A key deadline in health care reform is only three weeks away. Yet new numbers show sign-ups for coverage in the health insurance exchanges is still lagging.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported Tuesday that about 29,300 Kansas residents had chosen health insurance plans through the marketplace by March 1.
The agency had projected that 42,400 Kansans would have enrolled in plans through the marketplace by the end of February. The actual numbers are short of federal projections for the end of January.
But the number of Kansans enrolling through the marketplace grew by 31 percent in February. The figure was about 22,400 at the end of January.
Enrollment is also below projections in Missouri and Oklahoma. Nationwide, about 4.2 million people have signed up for the insurance exchange. The deadline to avoid a fine is March 31.
President Obama's campaign to promote insurance enrollment went to a surprising new length Tuesday, with an appearance in a parody TV talk show on the "Funny or Die" website.