October 30, 2013 / 2:54 PM / 4 years ago

U.S. health chief says early insurance enrollment likely 'very small'

WASHINGTON, Oct 30 (Reuters) - U.S. Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Wednesday said technical problems with HealthCare.gov make it hard to collect accurate data on how many people have signed up for coverage through the federal health insurance exchange.

“The system is not functioning, so we are not getting that reliable data,” she told the House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee, adding that health officials expect to give monthly updates on the number of people who sign up starting in November.

The flawed launch also means the administration is expecting “a very small number” of people to sign up initially for coverage, she added.

Sebelius also said the private tech companies contracted to work on the HealthCare.gov website did not ask the administration to delay the website’s launch.

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