Another Significant Milestone: Marketplace Enrollment Hits 4 Million

Posted February 25, 2014
By Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

As we head into the last five weeks of this historic open enrollment period, millions of Americans are taking advantage of the new choices they now have to access affordable, quality health care thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  The most recent data indicate that approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1.  A full enrollment report for February will be released in mid-March.

With individuals and families enrolling in coverage every day, we continue to see strong demand nationwide from consumers who want access to quality, affordable coverage.  Our outreach efforts are in full force with community partners and local officials participating in hundreds of events each week and enrollment assistors are helping more and more people enroll in coverage.  Consumers are shopping and enrolling in plans on HealthCare.gov every day; system error rates are low and response times are consistently less than half a second. Our call center has handled more than 12 million calls so far and is open 24/7 to assist consumers in English, Spanish and more than 150 languages.  In person assistance is available nationwide.  You can find local help at https://localhelp.healthcare.gov/.

Check out just some of the stories of success so far and spread the news to your friends and family. Open enrollment ends March 31.