HHS: Obamacare Enrollment Swells to 7.5 Million

Secretary Sebelius said Thursday that a few thousand more have enrolled in coverage since the initial deadline.

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius prepares to testify before the House Energy and Commerce Committee about the troubled launch of the Healthcare.gov website October 30, 2013.
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Sophie Novack
April 10, 2014, 6:49 a.m.

An ad­di­tion­al 400,000 people have en­rolled in private in­sur­ance cov­er­age through the Obama­care ex­changes as of this week, bring­ing the grand total to 7.5 mil­lion.

Health and Hu­man Ser­vices Sec­ret­ary Kath­leen Se­beli­us an­nounced the up­dated num­ber in a Sen­ate Fin­ance Com­mit­tee hear­ing on the pres­id­ent’s fisc­al 2015 budget Thursday. The ad­min­is­tra­tion pre­vi­ously an­nounced that 7.1 mil­lion people had signed up as of the end of the open-en­roll­ment peri­od on March 31.

It is still un­known how many of these in­di­vidu­als have paid their first month’s premi­ums, but es­tim­ates have ranged from 80 to 90 per­cent.

HHS ex­ten­ded a spe­cial en­roll­ment peri­od for those who began their ap­plic­a­tions but were un­able to com­plete them. The dead­line for those in­di­vidu­als is April 15, and in­di­vidu­als can con­tin­ue to sub­mit their ap­plic­a­tions un­til then.

“We ex­pect that num­ber to grow,” Se­beli­us said of the ad­di­tion­al en­rollees.

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