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Thousands succeed in signing up at Healthcare.gov

12/13/2013, 6 a.m.

Nearly 365,000 Americans have selected health insurance plans from the state and federal Marketplaces in October and November despite glitches plaguing HealthCare.gov.

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Kathleen Sebelius

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Dec. 11 that in November alone, more than a quarter million enrollees signed up, more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number.

Since Oct. 1, more than 1.9 million have made it through the eligibility process. They applied and received an eligibility determination but have not yet selected a plan.

An additional 803,077 were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program – CHIP.

Sebelius said evidence of the technical improvements to HealthCare.gov can be seen in the enrollment numbers.

“More and more Americans are finding that quality, affordable coverage is within reach and that they’ll no longer need to worry about barriers they may have faced in the past – like being denied coverage because of a pre-existing condition.

“Now is the time to visit HealthCare.gov to ensure you and your family have signed up in a private plan of your choice by Dec. 23 for coverage starting Jan. 1. It’s important to remember that this open enrollment period is six months long and continues to March 31, 2014.”

According to the report, 6,859 individuals have selected a Marketplace plan in Georgia, where the federal government is operating the program because the state refused to participate. It shows a total of 61,443 completed applications and 122,543 individuals applying for coverage. The total number of individuals determined eligible to enroll in a Marketplace plan was 87,367, and the number eligible to enroll with financial assistance was 29,366. The number determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid/CHIP by a Marketplace was 10,925.

View the report at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Dec2013/ib_2013dec_enrollment.pdf.