Obamacare Signups for Private Plans Surpass 3 Million

More than 3 million American have chosen private health coverage under Obamacare.

Hundreds of thousands of people signed up health coverage under Obamacare since the January, 1, 2014, continuing the accelerated numer of registered Americans from the end of last year. Photo: divaknevil/Flickr

The Obama administration reported on Friday that more than 3 million U.S. residents have now signed up for Obama signature heakth care coverage through the federal and state health insurance exchanges, with more than 800,000 in January.

“We are encouraged that millions of people have been enrolled in Marketplace or Medicaid coverage since October 1, and will work to give millions more Americans the peace of mind that comes with health security in the months ahead,” Marilyn Tavenner, the administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement.

The just released numbers are dated by “this week,” according to an administration official, which puts Obamacare on pace to have more than 1 million people pick a plan this month.

Hunded of thousands people joine the list of 2.2 million Americans who signed up for coverage between October and the end of December, Obamacare enrollments are expected to total more than 3.23 million at the end of January.

“The numbers are reassuring for supporters of the Affordable Care Act, who were worried that the pace of sign-ups for private plans would slow in January and February, before picking up again as the March 31 enrollment deadline for 2014 coverage approached,” explains The Huffington Post.

“But they are still shy of initial projections from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which originally expected 4.4 million people to sign up for a plan by the end of January. Moreover, the administration has not provided data on how many of the people who have signed up for plans through the exchanges have actually made a payment, which is required to ensure coverage,” the publication adds.

In addition to the private plans, many U.S. residents have enrolled in Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, reporters insist.

Though the number of people who signed up for that coverage during the first month of the new year was not immediately available, the Department of Health and Human Services reported that more than 6.3 million Americans were determined eligible to enroll in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Plan between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31.

At the end of 2013 the Obama administration reported that the number of Americans who enrolled in heath care coverage surpassed 1 million.

The vast majority of those who enrolled for Obama’s signature health care coverage – 975,000 – applied for it in December, Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a blog post.

The website’s queuing system was expected to collapse on Dec. 23 because of the overwhelming lines of Americans who wanted to get enrolled to the medical insurance coverage. But the queuing system worked well.

The average wait time was less than 10 minutes, shows the data provided, and users were warned by an email to let them know when the site had become less crowded.

However, not long time ago experts revealed that Obamacare official web portal wasn’t properly secured by U.S. government.

According to experts, personal information of all the registered for the coverage Americans can be stolen, as well as hackers can modify data or attack the personal computers of the website’s users.

Which is more, the infrastructure of the site can be also damaged, as the cyber security professional explains, who is scheduled to describe his security concerns in testimony on Thursday before the House Science, Space and Technology Committee.

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