The official Obamacare enrollment figures have been released. About 365,000 have signed up for insurance using the federal exchanges.They need millions of paying customers to sign up, so that number is just a wee bit short of target. In addition, more than 800,000 have enrolled in Medicaid.
The new report says more than 227,000 people enrolled on 15 state-run exchanges and that more than 137,000 signed up through HealthCare.gov, the federal website that serves 36 states.
Among Medicaid enrollees, slightly more than 803,000 thousands people have been determined eligible for the state-federal entitlement program, HHS said.
“We fully expect these numbers to grow over time,” said Julie Bataille, a spokesman for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, citing ongoing tech fixes and public outreach. (Read More)
HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is back before Congress today, and she couldn’t say how many Americans have had their insurance policies cancelled or whether that number exceeds the number who enrolled in OCare. It’s been estimated that somewhere around 5 million have been cancelled, so it’s not surprising she didn’t want to talk about that.
Sebelius also announced this week that she’s launching an investigation of the botched website rollout, which technically would be an investigation of herself.
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said in a blog post early Wednesday that she is asking the department’s inspector general to investigate the contracting process, management and performance and payment issues that may have contributed to the flawed launch.
No doubt the IG will find all of the problems lead back to the contractors and absolve the administration from any responsibility.
Meanwhile, we’re left to ask, what’s next?