Obamacare enrollment for plans beginning January 1 has ended, but the exchanges remain open until February 15 for people who don't have coverage through their employers. But the January 1 deadline
, with the government reporting nearly 6.6 million enrollments.
"Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, nearly 6.6 million Americans have access to quality, affordable health coverage for 2015 through the Federally Facilitated Health Insurance Marketplace. As we turn to the New Year, our focus is on helping every individual who is interested in quality, affordable health insurance to understand their options and to get covered," HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell said. "For coverage starting on February 1, it is important for people to sign-up now ahead of the January 15 deadline."
The weekly snapshot for the last week of December showed that more than 8.4 million people have submitted applications since November 15, when enrollment began, and that Healthcare.gov has had 16.5 million users on the site since then, with no big glitches hampering their use. Note that this information applies to the states that use federal exchange—not the more than one dozen that have their own exchanges. Our friend Charles Gaba, aka Brainwrap, tracks all that together, and estimates
9.05 total enrollments as of January 9.
In essence, the 2015 enrollment period is moving along swimmingly, making the estimate from the RAND Corporation that at least 9.6 million people could lose their insurance if the U.S. Supreme Court decides to strike down subsidies sound pretty reasonable, if not conservative.
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