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Enrollment numbers for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) as of 05/01/2014
In a conference call with reporters on Thursday, Secretary Sebelius confirmed that Health and Human Services has crunched the numbers on Obamacare enrollment and confirmed  that more than 8 million people have indeed obtained private coverage on the exchanges. That includes 5.4 million on the federal exchanges and 2.6 million on the separate state exchanges. In addition to that, more than 3 million young adults have been added to their family plans, with 4.8 additional enrollments in Medicaid and CHIP programs. In this 8 million, 2.2 million—or 28 percent—are between the ages of 18 and 34.

Additionally, HHS released important state-specific information. Greg Sargent has the highlights from some of the states that are most important to Democrats in November.

In Florida, some 980,000 people are now signed up for private insurance through the federal exchange — up from 442,000 at the end of February. […]

In North Carolina, some 350,000 people have now signed up for coverage through the federal exchange — up from 200,000 at the end of February. […]

In Michigan, some 270,000 people have now signed up for coverage through the federal exchange — up from around 144,000 people at the end of February. On top of that, the Medicaid expansion is kicking in, which will add hundreds of thousands more.

Go below the fold for more highlights on today's numbers.

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Here are some of the highlights:

  • 8,019,763 people selected Marketplace plans from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, (including additional Special Enrollment Period activity through April 19th). Nearly 2.6 million signed up in the State Based Marketplaces and over 5.4 million in the Federally-facilitated Marketplace. About 3.8 million people, including nearly 1.2 million young adults (ages 18 – 34), enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace plans in the sixth and final reporting period, which began March 2 and concluded on April 19. Those 3.8 million individuals represent nearly 90 percent growth over February’s cumulative enrollment.

Of the more than 8 million:

  • 54 percent are female and 46 percent are male;
  • 34 percent are under age 35;
  • 28 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34;
  • 65 percent selected a Silver plan, while 20 percent selected a Bronze plan; and,
  • 85 percent selected a plan with financial assistance.
The administration is not taking the House Republicans' bait on the whole "but have they paid yet?" question, other than to say they are "interested in accurate and reliable data,"  and at this point they don't anticipate having that data until later this year, implying a comparisons to the inaccurate and unreliable data the Republicans are pushing.
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Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Thu May 01, 2014 at 11:51 AM PDT.

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