The Obama administration on Wednesday announced that approximately 10 million people in the United States have opted for a health insurance plan or re-enrolled themselves under the medical coverage on the country’s health care marketplaces.
According to the federal health officials, more and more people are turning up for getting themselves covered as the February 15 deadline for securing individual coverage for this year is approaching.
Meanwhile, the federal officials are also appearing well on track in order to achieve their cautious target of enrolling up to 10 million Americans by the end of this year.
Last year, 8.1 million people turned up to enroll under the health care coverage through HealthCare.gov, or Obamacare, during the first enrollment period of the marketplace, which was later extended until May. But just 6.7 million Americans were enrolled in coverage by November last year.
Out of the estimated 9.9 million who have opted for a health coverage plan or re-enrolled in coverage across the nation, 7.5 million people lived across the 37 states using the federal marketplace portal, called HealthCare.gov.
The remaining people, i.e. roughly 2.4 million, resided in the states that operate their own marketplaces, according to Burwell.
The area surrounding Fort Lauderdale, Miami and West Palm Beach, Fla., led the country with over 637,000 sign-ups seeking coverage through January 30, as per reports from HHS.
With nearly 297,000 sign-ups, the Atlanta area stood second. It was followed by the Dallas, Fort Worth and Arlington, Texas, which contributed to 277,000 enrollments.
The call center staffing will be going from 10,000 to 14,000 from Monday onwards through the end of the enrollment period.