Just 8 percent have enrolled thus far

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With less than 8 percent of Tennessee's uninsured having signed up for health coverage on the federal exchange as of Feb. 1, a push is underway to improve the numbers before the enrollment period ends.

The last count released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services was 59,705. Open enrollment will end March 31.

"In Tennessee, we like to see as many consumers enrolled as possible," said Pamela Roshell, the regional director for HHS. "Of course, there are over 800,000 uninsured in Tennessee. So we want to see every person who is uninsured enrolled."

Of Tennesseans who have enrolled, 78 percent have qualified for subsidies toward buying coverage.

Enrollment time now averages 20 to 30 minutes when applicants have their information, such as yearly income statements and Social Security numbers, ready, said Jackie Shrago, a volunteer with Get Covered Tennessee.

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