CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- In the last two weeks more than 1,000 West Virginians have signed up for healthcare through the state-based exchange for insurance through the Affordable Care Act.
That brings the total number of residents set to receive insurance at the start of the new year to at least 2,200, said Fred Earley, president of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.
"People are clearly getting through and are able to enroll..." Earley said.
"The information we're receiving on the back end has been much better in the last couple weeks."
There are probably more people enrolled through Highmark, the only health insurance company participating in the West Virginia exchange. Earley said the numbers are from last week but are the latest available, and Highmark had a successful weekend.
The administration pushed back Monday's deadline to midnight for people to enroll in time to receive coverage at the start of the new year, according to The Associated Press. The move allows for technical difficulties and other potential problems.
It's been slow going for Highmark and many other private insurers since enrollment officially opened Oct. 1. The company reported fewer than 200 people enrolled in mid-November and 1,237 signed up on December 9, according to Charleston Newspapers archives.
Although Earley didn't give an anticipated enrollment number for this point in the year, he said it's lower than expected.
Like many other providers throughout the country, Earley pointed to glitches with the federal health exchange website as a major factor in the lower enrollment numbers.
With renewed focus on fixing the web portal, Earley said Highmark has seen a steady increase in recent weeks.
It's tough to measure how many people didn't enroll after a frustrating experience with the website, he said.