The Health and Human Services Department (HHS) said 106,185 people have successfully applied for and selected private insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new health care marketplaces. Roughly 27,000 people selected a plan through the federal website, healthcare.gov, and 79,000 signed up through one of the 15 state-based insurance exchanges. An additional 396,000 lower-income people have successfully applied for an been approved for Medicaid benefits or the Children’s Health Insurance Program, according to HHS.
The figures did not report how many have started shopping for insurance with the new marketplaces but have yet to select a plan or complete the process. This number is expected to be much higher, however Federal health officials told reporters that they could not determine this number because of HealthCare.gov’s problems
While that total is only about 20% of the administration’s projected enrollment goal for October, officials acknowledged much of these are based on the temporary problems surrounding HealthCare.gov. HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius alleviated some of the concern by stating “At the end of the day, the promise of quality affordable coverage is increasingly becoming a reality for more and more Americans,” she said.
The figures, which cover Oct. 1 to Nov. 2, are forecast, The Congressional Budget Office has predicted that 7 million people will buy coverage through the exchanges by spring.