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Health Law Enrollment Hits Approximately 3 Million In January

Though this number is shy of earlier projections, it is getting closer to hitting monthly expectations. The administration, though, did not provided data about payment. 

Los Angeles Times: Obamacare Enrollment Continues To Rise In January
Approximately 3 million people have now enrolled in health insurance plans sold through marketplaces created by President Obama’s health law, the administration announced Friday. The milestone indicates nearly a million additional people have signed up since the end of December. It also suggests that the marketplaces are continuing to recover from a disastrous launch on Oct. 1 (Levey, 1/24).

The Washington Post: Don't Look Now, But Obamacare Numbers Might Just Hit A Sign-Up Projection
Three million people have signed up for private insurance coverage through the health law marketplaces, according to Health and Human Services. That still leaves the Obama administration lagging behind its initial projections for overall health law enrollment--but also closer to hitting monthly sign-up expectations it set back in September (Kliff, 1/24).

Reuters: Obamacare Coverage Enrollment Hits Three Million: Official
Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), announced the preliminary tally in a blog posting. She forecast that enrollment through new federal and state health insurance marketplaces would continue to grow in coming weeks as a public outreach campaign accelerates(Morgan, 1/24).

Huffington Post: Obamacare Signups For Private Plans Surpass 3 Million
The numbers are reassuring for supporters of the Affordable Care Act, who were worried that the pace of sign-ups for private plans would slow in January and February, before picking up again as the March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage approached. But they are still shy of initial projections from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which originally expected 4.4 million people to sign up for a plan by the end of January. Moreover, the administration has not provided data on how many of the people who have signed up for plans through the exchanges have actually made a payment, which is required to ensure coverage (Stein, 1/24).

Fox News: 3 Million People Have Now Enrolled In Obamacare
Devon Herrick, senior analyst at the National Center for Policy Analysis, says the report continues to leave out two key statistics: premium payments and demographics. ... But fears of adverse selection, which is when older and sicker people making up the majority of enrollees, remains (Rogers, 1/24).




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