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Officials: 877 Wisconsinites have bought insurance through Obamacare

A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October
A man looks over the Affordable Care Act (commonly known as Obamacare) signup page on the HealthCare.gov website in New York in this October

WASHINGTON D.C. (WTAQ) - Federal health officials now say that 877 Wisconsinites managed to buy insurance on the troubled Healthcare.Gov site last month. 

Up to 700,000 state residents are supposed to buy coverage from the federal government's purchasing exchange by December 15th. Thousands ran into technical glitches -- and some could not even register on the site. 

Wednesday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued a state-by-state breakdown of the numbers of people managing to buy insurance on the Web site from October 1st through November 2nd. 

Wisconsin's total was about one-sixth of the 5,500 people projected to sign up for Obamacare in the first month of purchasing. The government said just over 19,000 Wisconsinites got far enough to submit applications online -- although just 877 got through. 

The report did not have a breakdown on the types of coverage purchased. 

Federal officials hope to get Healthcare.Gov working smoothly by the end of this month. Earlier this week, state officials began mailing paper applications to the 77,000 Badger Care recipients who will lose their coverage at the end of the year.  

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