Many were called. Few chose to respond.
The federal Obamacare insurance marketplace HealthCare.gov signed up 147,000 people in 36 states during a special tax season enrollment period, officials revealed Tuesday. That relatively light level of sign-ups was similar to what was seen in 11 other states and the District of Columbia during their own grace periods.
HealthCare.gov issued the final tally via Twitter rather than a press release or news call that Obama administration officials have previously used to announce other numbers and results.
The federal exchange's special enrollment period was open to people who learned they were subject to a tax penalty for failing to have health insurance coverage last year when they were preparing their tax returns.
In all, it appears fewer than 250,000 people signed up nationally. In Hawaii, no people—as in zero—signed up during the special tax season enrollment.
That national number could change slightly as New York has yet to release its final tally.
"We're finalizing that now," said a spokeswoman for New York's exchange when asked when its tally would be released.
The anemic results are in a sharp contrast with the nearly 11.4 million people who selected a health plan during open enrollment on Obamacare exchanges.
As a result, millions of people next tax season could owe potentially large fines for failing to have health insurance during 2015 that they might have avoided if they availed themselves of the special enrollment.