Over two million people have enrolled in health insurance plans through the federally run HealthCare.gov and state healthcare enrollment websites, according to a new report released on Tuesday. Though enrollment is still short of the Obama administration’s goal, the number is a dramatic improvement from a month ago, when barely 150,000 had signed up because of technical problems with HealthCare.gov.
Today, we also learned that Connecticut is the first state to surpass its enrollment goal. According to Connecticut state Senator Kevin Kelly, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services estimated that the state would need to enroll 33,000 consumers by the end of March in order to help the administration meet their overall goal of 7 million enrollees nationwide. As of December 23, Connecticut’s health insurance exchange had enrolled 34,295 consumers in private insurance plans, exceeding the state’s goal a full three months before the end of open enrollment.
For economist Paul Krugman, the latest enrollment numbers are a good sign for the future of health reform. In his latest column in the New York Times, Krugman said that the recent enrollment surge shows a high level of interest and increasing confidence in the Affordable Care Act, making the original expectation of 7 million enrollees by the end of March a very achievable goal.
“At this point, we have more than 2 million signed up via the exchanges and more than 4 million added to Medicaid,” Krugman said. “Both numbers will grow a lot over the next three months. This is pretty close to the end game.”
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