Iowa Insurance Enrollments Begin Trickling in

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By Ben Hoppenworth

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Iowa residents are slowly exploring their options under President Barack Obama's health care law after technical glitches stalled the rollout of the new online insurance marketplaces.

Detailed enrollment data is unavailable because the federal government, which is running the exchanges in Iowa and 35 other states, has not provided any numbers since the marketplaces were launched Oct. 1.

But Leigh R. McGivern , a spokeswoman for CoOportunity Health, one of the two insurance companies participating in the Iowa exchange, says they have had 16 people enroll in plans using the exchange during the first two weeks.

A spokeswoman for Iowa's other exchange provider, Coventry Health Care of Iowa, says it's too soon to release any numbers.

The Obama administration isn't expected to provide enrollment data until later in the fall.

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