About 800,000 people are expected to enroll in the new online health insurance marketplaces by the end of November, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Tuesday at a congressional hearing, reports Kaiser Health News. The estimate includes enrollments in Medicaid as well as private health insurance.
The agency is expected to release the first detailed enrollment figures for all 50 states next week, followed by regular monthly reports.
Open enrollment in the online marketplaces runs through March, though people must sign up by Dec. 15 to have coverage starting Jan. 1. The Congressional Budget Office has projected that about 7 million people will sign up for private coverage in the first year. Another 9 million people were expected to enroll in Medicaid, which is being expanded under the Affordable Care Act, KHN reports.
The agency believes the Healthcare.gov debacle won't affect enrollment because most people will wait until December or later to sign up. It did, however, affect the first month's enrollment target. An internal administration memo obtained by The Associated Press last month said the administration was expecting about 500,000 people to enroll by end of October. Actual numbers showed about one million people started applications, but barely over 100,000 people enrolled in plans.