With less than a month left to go, the Obama administration is nearing its goal of enrolling 9.1 million people in health insurance coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
At least 400,000 people signed up for coverage just last week, according to the latest enrollment numbers from the Department of Health and Human Services. That brought total enrollment in the 37 states served by to more than 7.1 million.
The new total means the administration is about 80 percent of the way to its goal, though it’s likely even closer, since that 7.1 million doesn’t include enrollments by consumers in states running their own health insurance exchanges. Once major states such as California and New York are included, the figures are expected to be even higher.
Currently, Florida leads the federal marketplace states, with more than 1.2 million people enrolled, while Texas has nearly 920,000. The administration says they are expecting a surge near the Feb. 15 sign-up deadline, based on the same pattern last year.
Earlier this week, a report from the Commonwealth Fund showed that the Affordable Care Act, or ‘Obamacare’, is not only extending healthcare coverage to more Americans, but it’s also significantly reducing their financial distress related to medical bills.
According to that report, the percentage of American adults who reported trouble in paying their medical bills slipped to 23 percent last year, or 43 million people — the first time in a decade that the figure has dropped.