Growing Adoption: Nearly 400,000 Now Enrolled in Obamacare

Posted by | December 12, 2013 | News | No Comments

The Department of Health and Human Service has reported 364,682 have signed up for health insurance through a state or federally run marketplace in October and November. November sign-ups were more than twice as many as in October which was strong considering the enrollment challenges at the website problems at Healthcare.gov.

Highlights from the report include:
  • November’s federal enrollment number outpaced the October number by more than four times.
  • Nearly 1.2 million Americans have selected a plan or had a Medicaid or CHIP eligibility determination.
  • 39.1 million visitors have visited the state and federal sites to date.
  • An estimated 5.2 million calls came in to the state and federal call centers.
“Now, as more Americans give HealthCare.gov a second look, they’re finding the experience is night and day compared to where we were back in October. And they’re responding by shopping for plans and enrolling in greater numbers,” HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said at a hearing on Capitol Hill this week.California and New York had the largest number of sign-ups and accounted for about 50% of the total nationally while Maryland had the fewest, just 3,758 during the same period, largely based on their troubled state-run health care marketplace. California has the more impressive enrollment figures overall with 107,000 signups and an additional 181,817 have qualified for an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program for the poor. Other states across the nation have recorded smaller numbers of sign-ups, but consumer interest continues to be strong.

Nationwide, 3.7 million people sent in applications through the marketplaces in October and November and 803,000 qualified for coverage through the government’s Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Those making less than $94,200 for a family of four (or $45,960 for individuals) qualify for government tax credits to offset the cost of their premiums. In half the states, very poor Americans will qualify for virtually free Medicaid coverage under the law.

Enrollments in December have yet to be announced, however, unofficial reports indicate that adoption is growing with more than 50,000 in just the first week of December alone. getting very close.  the federal government’s website Healthcare.gov stated many techinical issues December registrations in the new

Consumers who want coverage starting Jan. 1 must select an insurance plan by Dec. 23 and pay their first premium by the end of the year. The enrollment period lasts until March 31. The Administration’s goal is enrolling 7 million people by the end of March, 2014, but many consumers are not expected to act until next year.

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