Breaking: Sebelius: 3M Enrolled in Private QHPs Nationally
No details or full source as of yet, but this is obviously an important update. Will provide additional details/sourcing as available.
— Alex Wayne (@aawayne) January 24, 2014
UPDATE: OK, now I have it directly from HHS Director Kathleen Sebelius' official Twitter feed.
A key milestone: about 3 million Americans have now enrolled in a private Marketplace plan. RT to share the good news!
— Kathleen Sebelius (@Sebelius) January 24, 2014
In addition, here's the official press release/blog entry at the Health & Human Services website:
Since the beginning of open enrollment, millions of Americans are gaining access to health coverage–many for the very first time—thanks to the Affordable Care Act. The most recent data indicates that approximately 3.0 million people have now enrolled in a private health insurance plan through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces since October 1.
It's also important to note that the press release specifies that this only includes enrollments through the exchanges, and does not include people enrolling directly through the insurance companies themselves. This is a potentially huge number. More to come on this soon (I hope).
UPDATE: From Sarah Kliff:
Important detail on new numbers: Admin. official tells me they represent sign-ups through Jan 15, so not the whole ball game for this month.
UPDATE: OK, strike that; apparently the 3M figure is through "this week", not through the 15th:
— Stephen Francis (@Stevef101) January 24, 2014