Nearly 6.4 million people in the United States have chosen for a new individual health care plan or have signed up again automatically for an insurance plan for 2015 under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare.
The senior US health officials on Tuesday said that about 6.4 million Americans turned up during the second year of enrollment for the health coverage under Obamacare through the HealthCare.gov website.
The impressive turn out has put the agency nearer to the Obama government’s goal of having about 9.1 million Americans enrolled with the health care program in 2015 in comparison to nearly 7 million in 2014.
According to the officials, the figure of 6.4 million enrollments includes only plans sold across 36 states that use the medical coverage by HealthCare.gov.
The remaining states, including New York and California, have their own exchanges online and have commenced reporting data separately.
Sylvia Burwell, US Department of Health and Human Services Secretary, said that she is expecting to release enrollment nationwide in a monthly report next week.
Of the total 6.4 million sign-ups for this round, nearly 1.9 million are new customers, while 4.5 million are re-enrollments.
December 15 was set as deadline for customers by the HealthCare.gov to buy their new health care plan or renew their enrollment automatically for medical coverage beginning January 1. The enrollment period will close on February 15.