February 12, 2014 at 3:23 pm

Health law sign-ups growing but goal still elusive

Washington — The Obama administration says about 1 million people signed up for private insurance under the health care law in January.

That extends a turnaround from early days when a dysfunctional website frustrated consumers.

Numbers released Wednesday show nearly 3.3 million people signed up from Oct. 1 through Feb. 1.

Enrollment is gaining ground, but the government’s initial target of 7 million by the end of March still seems like a stretch.

Officials aren’t able to say how many of those who’ve signed up were previously uninsured — the law’s ultimate test.

The latest numbers show wide gaps between states.

At least 10 states have met or surpassed sign-up targets.

Surprisingly, the worst performers include four jurisdictions where the law has strong support: Maryland, Massachusetts, Oregon and the District of Columbia.