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Federal health market surpasses 1M signups



Published: Mon, December 30, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Associated Press

HONOLULU

A December surge propelled health care sign-ups through the government’s rehabilitated website past the 1 million mark, the Obama administration said Sunday, reflecting new vigor for the problem-plagued federal insurance market.

Combined with numbers for state-run markets due in January, that should put total enrollment in the new private insurance plans under President Barack Obama’s health law at about 2 million people through the end of the year, independent experts said.

That would be about two-thirds of the administration’s original goal of signing up 3.3 million by Dec. 31, a significant improvement given the technical problems that crippled the federal market during much of the fall. The overall goal remains to enroll 7 million people by March 31.

“It looks like current enrollment is around 2 million despite all the issues,” said Dan Mendelson, CEO of Avalere Health, a market analysis firm. “It was a very impressive showing for December.”

The administration said that of the more than 1.1 million people now enrolled in the federal insurance exchange, nearly 1 million signed up in December. The majority came days before a pre-Christmas deadline for coverage to start in January. Compare that with a paltry 27,000 in October, the federal website’s first, error-prone month.

“We experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage,” Marilyn Tavenner, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post announcing the figures.

The numbers don’t represent a full accounting for the country.

The federal website serves 36 states. Yet to be reported are December results from the 14 states running their own sites. Overall, states have been signing up more people than the federal government. But most of that has come from high performers such as California, New York, Washington, Kentucky and Connecticut. Some states continue to struggle.


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1Silence_Dogood(1388 comments)posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago

And to present both sides of the same coin you need to report the fact that 4.8 million have had their policies canceled due to Obama care.

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276Ytown(1304 comments)posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Would like to know the breakdown of the 1.1 million enrolled. How many are enrolled in the Medicaid program, how many are subsidized, how many have enrolled but have not paid their premiums. Once enrolled, doctors and hospitals must honor coverage for the first 30 days even though no payment has been made. Coverage can't be cancelled until no premium has been paid for 90 days.

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3Sensible(118 comments)posted 11 months, 4 weeks ago

Christian Science Monitor- per CMS :
“More than 975,000 Americans enrolled in private insurance plans through the federal health-care marketplace during the month, bringing the total since Oct. 1 to 1.1 million enrollees. In addition, roughly 850,000 people have signed up for coverage through state-run Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges, according to private estimates. That puts Obamacare’s total enrollment near 2 million.”

No information number or amount of subsidy. Since the reference is to "private insurance plans", I would assume that medicaid enrollees are not included in the 1.1 million numbers, since medicaid is not a 'private plan'.

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