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Delaware Reports Only Four Enrollments Under Obamacare

| by Emily Smith

Though Delaware launched its health care exchange a month ago, only four residents have enrolled for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.

Brandywine Women’s Health Associates in Wilmington reported three enrollments, and Christiana Care Health Services in Newark reported one.

On Wednesday, officials reported that enrollment was delayed by technical problems with the federal website, and delays in background checks.

Janice Baker, confirmed as the first Delawarean to enroll in the program, said her incredible insurance policy was well worth the seven hour wait on the phone and frustration of enrolling.

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Baker, who was previously unable to obtain a decent insurance policy because of a minor pre-existing condition, will now pay $150 less than she did for her previous plan.

“I was thrilled to be able to have this happen,” Baker said. “This is so much better than the policy before. I was very impressed.”

In addition to the enrollments, 31 applications have been completed, and 218 accounts created for potential enrollment.

The Obama administration plans to release its first figures for enrollment next week, though Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius expects them to be low.

“I’m hoping that with the site improvement we’ll see more robust numbers,” Sebelius said, “but until the site is really improved ... we’re going to have a struggle getting significant numbers to sign up.”

Sources: Fox News, USA Today