At least 7.1M signed up for 2015 Obamacare plans so far

By Jason Millman

aca (AP Photo/David J. Phillip

The Obama administration provided its first major update on 2015 Obamacare enrollment. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip

At least 7.1 million people so far have enrolled in 2015 health plans through Obamacare’s insurance marketplaces, according to a pair of federal reports issued Tuesday.

As of Dec. 26, 6.5 million people signed up for coverage in federally run exchanges — that includes new enrollments, people actively re-enrolling and existing customers who allowed their coverage to automatically renew, according to the Department of Health and Human Services’ weekly enrollment update.

A second HHS report, which provides the most comprehensive look at the new enrollment period so far, found that 633,000 people selected coverage in the 14 states running their own health insurance marketplaces as of Dec. 15. That’s in addition to those who signed up through the federal exchanges, for a total of roughly 7.1 million.

However, HHS said most states haven’t reported complete information about the number of re-enrollments, meaning the actual enrollment count is likely higher.

About 3.4 million people had actively selected an exchange plan in the 37 states relying on enrollment platform as of Dec. 15, the federal deadline to sign up for coverage starting Jan. 1. About 87 percent of those people qualified for premiums subsides, and about 52 percent were purchasing coverage through the federal-run marketplaces for the first time this year. The remaining 48 percent were returning customers who either selected a new plan or actively re-enrolled in existing coverage.

By comparison, just 106,000 people had selected exchange health plans in the first month of enrollment last year, when severe technology flaws threatened the launch of the law’s coverage expansion. This current enrollment period has run much more smoothly, though some customers are still experiencing problems on a smaller scale.

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