Insurers to directly sign up more people for Obamacare in three states

Friday, 22 Nov 2013 | 4:04 PM ET

WASHINGTON, Nov 22 (Reuters) - Insurance companies in three states - Florida, Texas and Ohio - will now be able to more aggressively enroll consumers in health plans because of recent fixes to the glitch-prone Obamacare website, the Obama administration announced on Friday.

The administration will use the results of the pilot project to make further adjustments so the "direct enrollment" option is more widely available across the country, a senior administration official said.

"We do believe that it's substantial. We're looking at hundred of thousands of people who we believe may well opt to do this," the official told Reuters.

(Reporting by Roberta Rampton; Editing by Doina Chiacu)