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HHS Secretary Sebelius to Participate in Media Teleconference
regarding Enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace
Today, Wednesday, November 13, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius will participate in a media teleconference regarding an HHS report on enrollment in the Health Insurance Marketplace. Julie Bataille, Director of the Office of Communications at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Chiquita Brooks-Lasure, Deputy Center and Policy Director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight, will also participate in the call.
Director, Office of Communications Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services
Deputy Center and Policy Director, Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight
3:30 PM (EST)
Wednesday, November 13, 2013
The following key findings are among many newly available data reported today in an issue brief from HHS that highlights national and state-level enrollment-related information:
-502,466 Americans, in just the first month of implementation, are positioned to have health coverage in 2014;
-Of those, 106,185 Americans have selected plans from the state and federal Marketplaces; and
-396,261 Americans have been determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP;
-975,407 have made it through the process by applying and receiving an eligibility determination and have not yet selected a plan.
-Number of completed applications through the marketplaces: 846,184-Total number of people included in completed marketplace applications: 1,509,883-Number of people determined eligible to enroll in a marketplace plan: 1,081,592
These numbers underscore the urgent need for President Obama to allow people to keep the plans they have and like. The president says he is sorry but has taken no action to right his wrong. Millions of Americans are being told their health coverage is canceled at the same time that they are shut out of the government website. And even if they do manage to navigate the system, many are being rewarded with sticker shock, not the lower prices the president promised.Above all, this report is a symbol of the failure of the president's health care law. It is a rolling calamity that must be scrapped.