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Obamacare Enrollment Reaches 4 Million

About 700,000 people have selected a health plan so far in February, but officials couldn't say how many of those people have paid their first month's premium. For enrollment to reach the revised goal of 6 million, about 2 million more people will have to sign up in March.

Los Angeles Times: Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million
Enrollment in health plans sold on marketplaces created by President Obama’s health care law has hit 4 million, the administration announced Tuesday, marking another milestone in the law’s implementation. The number suggests sign-ups have continued at a brisk pace in February, with about 700,000 people selecting an insurance plan so far this month (Levey, 2/25).

The Associated Press/Washington Post: Obama: Health Insurance Enrollment At 4 Million
Pressing for a final rush of health care enrollees, President Barack Obama said Tuesday that about 4 million people have signed up for health insurance through federal or state marketplaces set up under his health care law. But with a key deadline approaching fast, he urged some of his most steadfast backers to help sign up millions more by then (2/25).

Politico: Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million
In a blog post, Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner released the new number of signups through the state and federal exchanges. But she provided few details and no demographic breakdown, such as the number of young adults who have signed up or the percentage who have paid their premiums. Tavenner said health officials continue to see “strong demand nationwide” and that more than 12 million calls have come into the federal call center since the fall (Levine, 2/25).

CNN: Obamacare Enrollment Hits 4 Million, Push Underway To Hit Revised Goal
Some 700,000 people have enrolled in Obamacare so far in February, raising total enrollment to roughly 4 million with a little more than a month to go before the sign-up deadline expires to get insurance this year. The new figures for state and federal exchanges released by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Tuesday illustrate participation in the sweeping initiative continues to grow steadily, a point raised by President Barack Obama at a White House event later in the day. But the current pace indicates his administration will need a record month in March to reach a 6-million enrollment target, one that falls short of the original goal (Aigner-Treworgy and Acosta, 2/25).

CQ HealthBeat: CMS Says 4 Million Have Signed Up For Insurance Through Exchanges
About 4 million people have signed up for insurance through federal and state health exchanges, the head of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said Tuesday. In a blog post released in the evening, CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner announced the latest enrollment estimate, reflecting activity since October (Young, 2/25).

The Fiscal Times: Obamacare Jumps 33 Percent to 4 Million Sign Ups
Roughly 4 million Americans have signed up for health coverage on the new insurance exchanges, the Obama administration said Tuesday. That’s still about 3 million short of the White House’s goal of enrolling 7 million people before the March 31 deadline. Still, administration officials are touting the numbers as a success, and say they are confident that enrollment will continue to surge ahead of the open enrollment deadline. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius walked back the much-cited 7 million figure during a HuffPost Live interview on Tuesday (Ehley, 2/25).

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