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5 Million People Signed Up for Health Law Marketplace Coverage, CMS Says

By Rebecca Adams, CQ HealthBeat Associate Editor

March 17, 2014 -- At least 5 million people have signed up for coverage in the new health law insurance marketplaces since Oct. 1, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Marilyn Tavenner wrote in a blog post.

The milestone was reached in “a weekend wave of consumers signing up for new coverage,” Tavenner wrote.

The Congressional Budget Office originally estimated that 7 million people would sign up but later revised that downward to 6 million people because of the problems people had with the enrollment process.

The most recent enrollment report came on March 11, when the Obama administration announced that 4.2 million people signed up from Oct. 1 to March 1 in the new marketplace plans created under the law (PL 111-148, PL 111-152). The administration has not said how many of those people have actually paid their premiums, which is an important step to gaining coverage.

Rebecca Adams can be reached at [email protected].  

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