In Texas, 2,991 people successfully signed up for private health insurance plans in the first month of the federally run marketplace.
That compares with about 6 million Texas residents who are uninsured and an estimated 2 million Texans eligible for tax credits to buy health insurance.
So far, of the 108,410 Texans who applied for coverage under the Affordable Care Act, 80,960 people, or 75 percent, were deemed eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan. Meanwhile, 11,682 Texans, or 11 percent of applicants, were determined to be eligible for public assistance through Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program.
The federal government estimated that 7 million Americans should be signed up by end of March. No one, however, seems willing to guess how many Texans will be enrolled by then.