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December 18, 2015
Contact: HHS Press Office

Statement by Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell on the Affordable Care Act

“We are off to a very strong start to Open Enrollment. We are seeing record demand, and our message of quality, affordable coverage is resonating. People are signing up for coverage as well as helping their neighbors, friends and family members get covered.

“Through December 17, about 6 million people signed up for Marketplace coverage in states that use HealthCare.gov. Of these, 2.4 million were new Marketplace customers, more than a third more than we signed up ahead of the first deadline last year.

“The unprecedented demand and the millions of new customers who have signed up for health insurance send a clear message: The Marketplaces meet an important need that had gone unanswered for too long. Millions of Americans want and need coverage, and they're finding affordable, high-quality coverage through HealthCare.gov – many for less than $75 per month in premiums after tax credits.

“As Open Enrollment proceeds, we’re not taking our foot off the gas pedal. We're going to continue to work to deliver the customer experience that Americans want and coverage that provides health and financial security. We're reminding Americans that in-person assistance is available, that tax credits help lower the cost of coverage, and that if someone chooses not to buy health insurance and could afford to do so, they're at risk of paying a $695 fee or more. We know millions more Americans remain uninsured, and we're encouraging them not to wait. Check out your options on HealthCare.gov before the final deadline of January 31. Coverage could be more affordable than you think.”

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Last revised: December 18, 2015

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