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More than 7mn enrolled under Affordable Care Act: White House

The 7.1 million total means that the six-month sign-up period achieved results that congressional budget analysts had first anticipated

April 03, 2014 3:35 IST | India Infoline News Service
US President Barack Obama announced Tuesday that 7.1 million Americans have signed up for health plans under the Affordable Care Act, the most ambitious federal effort in nearly half a century to widen access to coverage.

The tally, which signified a sharp turnaround from the troubled beginnings of enrollment last fall, was driven upward by a late rush of consumers seeking coverage in the days and hours before the deadline of midnight Monday to select health plans for 2014.

The 7.1 million total means that the six-month sign-up period achieved results that congressional budget analysts had first anticipated — and more recently had thought would be impossible. Two months ago, the analysts downgraded their forecast from 7 million to 6 million, taking into account massive computer trouble with HealthCare.gov for much of the fall that frustrated many people trying to shop for health plans.

The tally is based on the number of people who enrolled for coverage by Monday’s deadline through the new federal insurance marketplace operating in three dozen states. It also includes people who enrolled in 14 state-run marketplaces as of the deadline or, in the case of a few states, by last weekend.

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