Fewer than 350 Nebraskans get insurance plans off HealthCare.gov

2013-11-13T14:30:00Z 2013-11-26T21:21:07Z Fewer than 350 Nebraskans get insurance plans off HealthCare.govThe Associated Press The Associated Press

Nearly 10,000 Nebraskans have applied for health care coverage through the new federal marketplace, but only 338 had signed up for a plan as of early November.

Nebraska is one of 36 states that relied on the federal website, after Gov. Dave Heineman rejected a state-run marketplace as too expensive and inflexible.

Two groups in the state — Community Action of Nebraska and the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska — have received federal grants to hire and train insurance "navigators" who will work to draw people into the marketplace and walk them through the process.

As of Friday, about 500 people who went to Community Action of Nebraska had reached the point where could view the health plans, said Roger Furrer, the group's executive director. Furrer said he expected more sign-ups as the computer errors were fixed.

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