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741 in NJ enrolled in exchange plans in 1st month



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The federal government says just 741 New Jersey residents managed to enroll for health insurance through a problem-filled federal website in the first month it was running.

The Obama administration said Wednesday that fewer than 27,000 people nationally were about to enroll in the 36 states where the federal government runs the exchanges.

The government says 23,000 New Jersey residents submitted applications through the marketplace from Oct. 1 through Nov. 2. An estimated 900,000 New Jersey residents are eligible for the exchange.

Like 35 other states, New Jersey has opted to have the U.S. run its exchange, on which many people will be eligible for subsidies.

Sign-up rates have been higher in states running their own programs.