Even with late push, Nevada exchange signups lag

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Updated: 4/03 1:14 pm

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — A late push of public outreach events helped escalate signups on Nevada's health exchange, but final tallies still fell short of enrollment goals.

Officials say nearly 42,000 people selected qualified health plans through the state's online web portal, Nevada Health Link. Of those, about 26,000 have actually paid for coverage.

The deadline to enroll was midnight Monday.

Exchange officials initially set a goal of 118,000. But in February they tamed expectations to 50,000 because of ongoing flows in the system built by Xerox that left many people frustrated and unable to enroll.

Because of those problems, the state approved a 60-day special enrollment period through May 30 for anyone who attempted to sign up since Oct. 1 to complete the process.

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