A last-minute surge puts Obamacare enrollments over 1.1 million, Marilyn Tavenner, head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said in a blog post ahead of Tuesday night’s original deadline. Tavenner wrote, “December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November,” compared to only 27,000 who enrolled in October when the site’s launch was a major fiasco due to technical glitches.
As we continue our open enrollment campaign, we experienced a welcome surge in enrollment as millions of Americans seek access to affordable health care coverage through new Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide. More than 1.1 million people enrolled in a qualified health plan via the Federally-facilitated Marketplace from October 1 to December 24, with more than 975,000 of those enrolling this month alone. Our HealthCare.gov enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month. December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November. In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone.
We are in the middle of a sustained, six-month open enrollment period that we expect to see enrollment ramp up over time, much like other historic implementation efforts we’ve seen in Massachusetts and Medicare Part D.