HHS still not saying how many have paid for health insurance plans
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services scheduled another conference call Tuesday afternoon to provide reporters an update on the progress of the HealthCare.gov website.
The big news, of course, was enrollment numbers. Drum roll, please.
White House count of enrollment under Obamacare:
-2.1M in private coverage
-3.9M in Medicaid
-3M under 26 on parents plans— Sarah Kliff (@sarahkliff) December 31, 2013
Note the quotation marks around “enrolled.”
So, only 2.1 million have enrolled through the federal and state insurance exchanges combined since October 1. But is that under the administration’s “expanded definition” of enrolled, meaning those who have simply placed a plan in their online shopping cart, or does it mean people who’ve actually purchased health insurance? HHS isn’t saying.
Confident they’re aware of next steps? Does that mean they’re paid up, or just “poised to gain coverage”?
So, what about all of those individual insurance plans that were canceled due to Obamacare?
We might as well wrap this up.
The main takeaway from today’s conference call?