6 Million and Counting!

MIAMI, FL - MARCH 20:  Wendy Gonzalez sits  with, Maria Mena, an insurance agent from Sunshine Life and Health Advisors as she purchases a health insurance policy under the Affordable Care Act at a store setup in the Mall of Americas on March 20, 2014 in Miami, Florida. The owner of Sunshine Life and Health Advisors, Odalys Arevalo, said she has seen a surge in people, some waiting  up to 3 hours or more in line, trying to sign up for the Affordable Care Act before the open enrollment period for individual insurance ends on March 31.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

6 Million and Counting!

As the March 31 deadline approaches, Obamacare made its lofty goal.

Published March 27, 2014

As this historic open enrollment period enters its final days, more than 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplaces since October 1, thanks to the Affordable Care Act.  Those looking to get covered before the March 31st deadline still have time by visiting HealthCare.gov or by phone at 1-800-318-2596/TTY 1-855-889-4325. You can also find help in your community at localhelp.healthcare.gov.

Many of these more than 6 million Americans are sharing their stories of finding a new way to get quality, affordable health coverage through the Federal and State-based Marketplaces.

nonprofit worker from New Jersey, a theater artist from Chicago, IL, and an opera singer from Austin, TX are all among the millions of Americans now enjoying the peace of mind and security that comes with quality, affordable health coverage.  You can find their stories and more here on HHS.gov.

Consumers like these are coming in near record numbers to check out their options for affordable health coverage at HealthCare.gov or seeking help from a trained assister in person or via our 24/7 call center.  We are seeing near record numbers of consumers coming to check out their options and enroll in coverage.  Yesterday alone, we had 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov and took more than 430,000 calls at our 24/7 call center. 

With 4 days left for consumers to sign up for coverage, we are working hard to ensure that our systems can handle the unprecedented demand as people enroll before the March 31 deadline. 

Millions of Americans have gotten health coverage through the Marketplace in the last five months. And there is still time left for you to join them.  But you need to act now.  The deadline to enroll for coverage this year is Monday, March 31.

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 (Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Written by Marilyn Tavenner, Administrator, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services


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