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OLIVE BRANCH, Miss. (FOX13) -

The Affordable Care Act for some in Mississippi the premiums and the attraction may not be there.

The sign-up for health insurance in the Magnolia State has been beyond dismal. In three weeks following the health care reform act, less than three dozen people have signed up for the federally-run health care exchange program in the state.

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The bottom line may be the definition of that word affordable. In one of the most impoverished states in the country, two things can stand in the way: the access to the money and the access to a computer.

It's been three weeks since the sign-up for the ACA, health insurance went into effect only 35 Mississippians have signed up for the federally-run health care marketplace.

Make that 34 Mississippians. They lost a signee Tuesday.
 
Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said he thinks he knows why the sign-up is so low.

"Well the enrollment in the Affordable Care Act, federal marketplace is essentially an indication of how broke the system is, and just how flawed the Affordable Care act was in them trying to set it up too early," Chaney said.
 
State Sen. David Parker, who is also an eye doctor and a member of the Mississippi Senate's Public Health Committee, he's not surprised the sign-up is less than three dozen people.
 
"I think in Mississippi as a state we don't have a lot of disposable income," Sen. Parker said. "The group of people targeted for Obamacare I just don't think they have the money to sign-up with the plans that are being offered, these plans with high deductibles and high premiums. I don't think that people look at it and say that is something I want to jump on."

Sen. Parker said there is concern that many Mississippians may not have computer access and may not be able to sign up for a program, or navigate reported glitches in the system. If they don't sign up and don't have insurance, they will be penalized.

"The form of a tax refund not coming back, to them, or that penalty actually being applied, will be the point where we have feedback or it won't be until then that people really react to it," he said.

Chaney pointed to the idea of the health care exchanges being privately run or at a state level as a better idea.

"Just like where Kentucky has been very successful in their enrollment, for example, Kentucky has 10,000 people enrolled versus here in Mississippi where we now have 34 on Wednesday," Chaney said. "We are down from the day before at 35."

You can call 1-800-318-2596 for those who are having trouble enrolling online or don't have access to a computer.

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