Screenshot of HealthCare.gov on October 30, 2013
WASHINGTON (USA TODAY) -- More than three million people have now signed up for
private insurance plans through the federal and state health exchanges,
the Obama administration announced Friday.
The numbers include new
January enrollees announced by California and New York this week. Those
two states by themselves have gained as many enrollees as the federal
"As our outreach efforts kick into even
higher gear, we anticipate these numbers will continue to grow,
particularly as we reach even more uninsured young adults so that they
know that new options and new ways to help eligible individuals pay for
their premium are now available, thanks to the Affordable Care Act,"
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and
Medicaid Services, wrote in a blog.
Almost 1.2 million people had
enrolled in private insurance through the federal health care exchange
from Oct. 1 to Dec. 28. Another 956,000 people had signed up for private
insurance through state-based exchanges during that time.
said another 6.3 million people have been determined eligible for
Medicaid or CHIP, the government-based health insurance program for
About 500,000 people enrolled in private plans in
California from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31. On Tuesday, officials announced
another 125,000 people had signed up.
"While our objective is to
insure all eligible Californians over time, independent estimates for
Covered California's subsidy-eligible enrollment by the March 31
deadline range between 487,000 and 696,000,"said Covered California
Executive Director Peter Lee. "These impressive numbers for the first
half of open enrollment and the continued momentum in January tell us we
are on track to meeting, if not beating, those enrollment estimates as
we continue to pick up steam."
In New York, 100,000 people have
signed up since Jan. 1, said Donna Frescatore, executive director of NY
State of Health. Prior to that, 230,624 people had signed up.
are very pleased with our overall results to date as well, with almost
330,000 enrolled, and more than 587,000 people have completed
applications since the October 1 launch of the marketplace," she said.
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