White House releasing first round of health insurance enrollments Wednesday

WASHINGTON – The Obama administration will release the first round of health insurance enrolment numbers Wednesday afternoon.

Officials have been lowering expectations for the numbers, given the widespread technical issues with the sign-up website. The tightly held numbers are believed to amount to only a small fraction of the nearly 500,000 initial sign-ups that administration officials had projected before the site went live on Oct. 1.

The numbers are expected to cover sign-ups that occurred in October, the first month of the six-month enrolment window. Officials say they expect enrolment to be heavier toward the end of that period.