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Mass. Chipping Away at Health Insurance Backlog


BOSTON (AP) — Massachusetts officials say they’re continuing to sign up people for health insurance as they work to fix the state’s troubled health insurance website.

In the past three weeks, the state has enrolled 21,000 people in transitional coverage and cut the time it takes to enter paper applications from two hours to 39 minutes.

Over the past two weeks, officials have also received about 17,000 new applications, bringing the total current backlog to about 54,000.

Of those 54,000 applications, about 15,000 have been identified as already having coverage and 39,000 are still awaiting screening.

Some of those may also have coverage, but still require having their information entered into the system.

There are currently more than 230 employees working on entering data into the system. That should jump to about 300 workers next week.

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