“Approximately 11.7 million individuals were enrolled in an Obamacare plan through Feb. 22”, according to Sylvia Burwell, Health and Human Services Secretary on Monday.
That figure is continuously increasing because of prolonged enrollment periods through April for those who acknowledges the penalties for not having health care coverage while they are filling their taxes. But as of now, Burwell said, “more than half of those individuals who have signed up were new consumers.
Of the 4.2 million consumers who had re-enrolled, more than half (2.2 million), came back to the Open market, reorganized their information and keenly selected a plan.
Approximately 7.7 million people —or 87 Percent —who selected a plan through HealthCare.gov capable for an average tax credit of $263 per month, Burwell informed.
Burwell also briefly touched the case received by the Supreme Court last week that puts at threat the tax credits for those in the 34 states that practice the federal exchange.
“We’re confident we will prevail,” Burwell exclaimed “The law is clear.”
Those who sustain this lawsuit are “content to roll back the growth that we have achieved together,” Burwell inform the group of followers and others who assisted enroll people at the White House.
A verdict in this case, King v. Burwell, is anticipated in June.
The new numbers described by Burwell ran through a week-long extension that HHS provided to those individuals who couldn’t sign up by Feb, 15 because of problems with Healthcare.gov or its call center. Due to the length of new tax-related special enrollment periods in many states operating their own exchanges and for Healthcare.gov, numerous more individuals are estimated to sign up.
“It’ll likely go up several hundred thousand more during the tax season (special enrollment period) as well,” Charles Gaba, who runs the private ACAsignups.net site, said in an email. “Heck, if they succeed to rack up another 700 thousand or so, they’ll cross my 12.5M figure after all.”
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