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Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Near 6.4 Million

With about seven weeks to go until the end of open enrollment, almost 2 million new customers have signed up for coverage and another 4.5 million policyholders either re-enrolled or were automatically renewed in their policies in the 37 states that participate in the federal exchange.

Los Angeles Times: Enrollment For Obamacare Jumps With 2 Million New Sign-Ups
Enrollment in health insurance through the Affordable Care Act is increasing rapidly, with more than 2 million people so far signing up for coverage for the first time, figures released Tuesday show. In addition to the new enrollments, which surpass last year's sign-up rate, several million more people have been re-enrolled in plans in the law's second year of expanding coverage. (Levey, 12/23)

The Wall Street Journal: Affordable Care Act Sign-Ups Near 6.4 Million
Almost 6.4 million people selected a health-care plan on the federal marketplace or were automatically re-enrolled in the first month of the Affordable Care Act’s open-enrollment season this fall, Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said Tuesday. That figure compares with about 5.4 million people who had selected plans using the federal exchange in the original enrollment period of Oct. 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. High consumer demand in mid-December helped boost the total, which includes about 1.9 million new consumers who obtained private coverage through the federal exchange, Ms. Burwell told reporters. (Armour, 12/23)

The Associated Press: Officials Cite Progress On Health Care Enrollment
The second sign-up season under President Barack Obama's health care law is off to a good start but has a way to go to make it a success, administration officials said Tuesday. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell said 1.9 million new customers have picked a plan as of Dec. 19 through the federal insurance market that serves 37 states. Another 4.5 million have renewed existing coverage, with most automatically re-enrolled. The numbers don't include states running their own insurance exchanges, including California and New York. The administration will release a full 50-state report next week, Burwell said. (Alonso-Zaldivar, 12/24)

USA Today: Two Million New Enrollees Signed Up On Healthcare.gov
About 6.4 million people chose a health plan or were automatically reenrolled on the federal site HealthCare.gov through Dec. 19, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday. ... HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell estimated that the percentage of people who shopped around for a new plan rather than automatically reenrolled was in "the mid to high 30s." That's something the department has repeatedly urged people to do. Burwell said the number was higher than she expected as "most people let what happens go," she said. (O'Donnell, 12/23)

Politico: HHS Reports 6 Million Signups So Far For Obamacare Next Year
Nearly 6.4 million people were enrolled in the federal Obamacare marketplace one month into the 2015 signup season, a pace that Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell on Tuesday called a good start. “People are shopping for coverage and people are signing up,” Burwell said at a news conference where she personally announced the latest numbers. “We still have a ways to go and a lot of work before Feb. 15, but we do have an encouraging start,” she added. (Haberkorn and Pradhan, 12/23)

Modern Healthcare: ACA Enrollment Hits 7.1M In State, Federal Exchanges
Nearly 6.4 million have obtained health insurance coverage through HealthCare.gov as of Dec. 19. Of that, 1.9 million are new sign-ups while the remainder are manual and automatic re-enrollees, HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell announced Tuesday. When combined with the more than 750,000 people who have signed up on state-based exchanges over the first month of open enrollment, total sign-ups have surpassed 7.1 million. The federal agency plans to release a complete monthly report with additional state and federal sign-up figures next week, Burwell said during her news briefing. (Dickson, 12/23)

The Fiscal Times: Obamacare Signs Up 7.4 Million Ahead Of The New Year
Looks like 2015 is shaping up to be a good year for Obamacare. That’s because enrollment in the law’s federal and state health exchanges is surging ahead of the New Year. So far, more than 6.4 million people have selected policies on the federal exchange, administration officials said on Tuesday. (Ehley, 12/23)

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