Nov. 12—The New York-run health insurance marketplace has enrolled more than 48,000 residents since Oct. 1, and that may match federal enrollments expected to be released later this week.

The New York marketplace, called NY State of Health, has enrolled 48,162 residents and 197,011 residents have completed the full application process, officials there announced in a release Tuesday. The latest enrollment figures were an increase from the 37,000 that had enrolled by Oct. 23, but still far short of the 717,000 people the state projected to enroll by March 31.

The state’s enrollment figures came as the federal government prepared to release its first sign-up totals for the federal website, which is handling enrollments for 36 states. New York may match those federal efforts if a Monday Wall Street Journal report was accurate that fewer than 50,000 have enrolled through the federal website.

“We are very pleased to see these results, which show that tens of thousands of individuals across the state are turning to nystateofhealth.ny.gov to access low-cost health insurance,” said Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY State of Health.

The difference in results between the federal and New York enrollments likely stems from the wide-scale technological failings of the federal healthcare.gov website.

Many of the 14 state-run marketplaces operate their own websites and have reported comparatively better functionality—with major exceptions. For instance, Oregon has not yet launched its online enrollment function due to continuing technological problems.

Officials at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services have repeatedly promised they will improve the federal website’s operability for the “vast majority of user” by the end of November.

New York’s enrollments ranked far ahead of other states operating their own insurance marketplaces in a Monday report by Avalere Health. That report used publically released information by states as of Nov. 10 to conclude the 14 state-run marketplaces had enrolled at least 49,100 applicants, or 3 percent of the 1.4 million enrollees the states had planned to sign-up for 2014 coverage.

Publication Date: Tuesday, November 12, 2013