In a drastic improvement from its initial roll out, over one million people have enrolled in the "Obamacare" exchanges.
According to a new report released by the Department of Health and Human Services, 365,000 people have signed up for private healthcare plans through the exchanges and an additional 803,000 were deemed eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program. Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius notes that the improvement has helped many gain access to affordable health care, some for the very first time.
“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 December 23 for coverage starting January 1. It's important to remember that this open enrollment period is six months long and continues to March 31, 2014.”
Over 39 million people have visited the state and federal sites and an additional 5.2 million called the state and federal call centers. The report also states that 1.9 million Americans have made it through the "critical" eligibility process, but have yet to select a plan. Recent polls have shown approval for the new health care law on the decline following the botched roll-out, but if the number of enrollees continue to increase so should the poll numbers.