Obamacare Hits 5 Million Enrollees

HHS says <em>HealthCare.gov</em> traffic is up, and the call center had its busiest day since December.

Mike Hash (L), Director of the Department of Health and Human Services's Office of Health Reform, Marilyn Tavenner (C), administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, listen to US President Barack Obama speak to the press before a meeting in the Roosevelt Room of the White House November 15, 2013 in Washington, DC.
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Clara Ritger
March 17, 2014, 12:58 p.m.

With two weeks to go un­til the end of open en­roll­ment, the Health and Hu­man Ser­vices De­part­ment an­nounced that a “week­end wave” sent the total en­roll­ment num­ber over 5 mil­lion.

That means some 800,000 Amer­ic­ans have signed up for cov­er­age in the past two weeks, giv­en that Feb­ru­ary ended with only 4.2 mil­lion con­sumers signed up.

The num­ber is still 1 mil­lion short of the Con­gres­sion­al Budget Of­fice pro­jec­tion that the ex­changes would see 6 mil­lion en­rollees in their first year.

“The last sev­er­al days have been the busiest since Decem­ber, with the Call Cen­ter tak­ing more than 198,000 calls on Thursday alone — the busiest day since Decem­ber 23 — and more than 130,000 calls over the week­end,” Cen­ters for Medi­care and Medi­caid Ser­vices Ad­min­is­trat­or Mar­ilyn Taven­ner wrote in a blog post. “Last week, Health­Care.gov saw more than 4 mil­lion vis­its — and an ad­di­tion­al 1 mil­lion vis­its this week­end.”

CMS spokes­man Aaron Al­bright said in an email that the agency has no fur­ther de­tails at this time.

Open en­roll­ment ends March 31.


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