Obamacare: Sebelius Testimony Armed With Numbers

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Armed with new enrollment data, Health and Human Services (or, HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius made her way to Capitol Hill to testify Wednesday. In November, 258,497 people selected a plan in the federally run marketplace; combined with October’s figures, the total so far is 364,682. On the Hill, Sebelius appeared before the House Energy & Commerce Committee.

The reports covers data from October and November. The decision to use cumulative data was made “because some people apply, shop, and select a plan across monthly reporting periods.” This way, the best “snapshot” of the marketplace will be provided. The “snapshot” of the marketplace only includes enrollment figures, but not demographic information of who has been enrolled.

HHS has determined that there are 2,307,283 people who are eligible for a plan in the federal marketplace. Of those eligible, only 15.8 percent have enrolled in a plan. State-based marketplaces fared slightly better; 781,875 are eligible, and 227,478 (or 29.1 percent) have chosen a plan. So far, over 39 million people have visited Healthcare.gov.

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