Enrollment goal for Affordable Care Act falls short

WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Sign-ups for the Affordable Care Act are surging. More than one-million people have now signed up for health insurance.

The majority of people enrolled just days before the pre-Christmas deadline for coverage to start in January.

But the goal still falls short of the Obama administration's prediction of more than three million to sign up by the end of the year.

Fourteen states are running their own exchanges and the latest totals don't include them, but consultants say the administration is still falling well short of its goal.

Here in Michigan, enrollment in said to be especially slow in rural counties. The highest rates of un-insured are in these areas. There's also concern about doctor shortages and lack of transportation.

Everyone has until March 31st to find coverage to avoid a penalty for being un-insured next year.

Public health officials in the UP say enrollment has been slow and challenging.