Sebelius: 7.5 Million Now Signed Up for Obamacare

Thursday, 10 Apr 2014 02:55 PM

By Melanie Batley

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said on Thursday that 7.5 million Americans have now signed up for health coverage under Obamacare, up from 7.1 million reported by President Barack Obama on April 1.

"Last week, we announced that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for private insurance through the marketplace," Sebelius said during a Senate Finance Committee hearing, according to USA Today.

"As of this week, 400,000 additional Americans have signed up — and we expect that number to continue to grow."

Sebelius also said that 11.7 million people have been deemed eligible for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program.

On CBS' "Face the Nation" on Sunday, Dan Pfeiffer, senior adviser to the president, said at least 200,000 people signed up last week. HHS officials have not reported how many people accessed HealthCare.gov to sign up for coverage over the weekend, USA Today reported.

The figure announced by Sebelius further exceeds earlier projections by the Congressional Budget Office that 6 million people would enroll by the March 31 deadline.

The numbers announced by the Obama administration, however, do not necessarily reflect those who have paid their premiums.

Blue Cross Blue Shield has produced data that shows 15 to 20 percent of Americans that are signed up for Obamacare have not paid their premiums, making the actual number of sign-ups closer to 6 million.


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