CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Just 174 West Virginians signed up for private health insurance plans through Healthcare.gov between Oct. 1 and Nov. 2, according to data released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on Wednesday.
West Virginia saw a total of 3,807 completed applications on Healthcare.gov, the federal government's crippled health insurance marketplace site.
Those applications cover 7,096 state residents.
A little more than half of those people, 3,442, were eligible for a private insurance plan offered through the marketplace.
As of Nov. 2, only 174 state residents had picked an insurance plan on the site.
Highmark West Virginia, the only state health insurance provider participating in the marketplace, announced Wednesday evening 198 people had signed up through Healthcare.gov through Nov. 12.
A little fewer than half, 3,103, were eligible for insurance through either Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Plan (CHIP). Five hundred fifty one people had "pending/other" applications, according to HHS.
Nationwide, 519,561 people have completed applications through the federal health insurance marketplace. Those applications cover 993,635 people.
But only 26,794 people have signed up for specific health insurance plans through the website, however.
Healthcare.gov has been plagued with problem since its launch Oct. 1. The site was unable to handle the massive amounts of web traffic it experienced, making it almost impossible to create an account or complete an application, let alone sign up for health insurance.
Republicans, seeking to discredit President Obama and his Affordable Care Act, seized upon the site's problems.
Hearing this, the Obama administration announced it would bring in a special team of computer wizards for a "tech surge" to fix problems with the site, promising Healthcare.gov would be fully functional by the end of November.