New data released Tuesday by federal officials keeps the Obama Administration on track to meet its goal of having 9.1 million to 9.9 million people by the end of 2015 pay for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
Nearly 9.9 million customers had selected and paid for health coverage on state and federal marketplaces under the ACC, or “Obamacare,” as of the end of June, according to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
However, the new figure represents a decline in overall enrollees from the roughly 12.7 million consumers who signed up for a 2015 health plan. The vast majority enrolled during an open enrollment period that ended in February, and the rest through special enrollment circumstances since then. Just between the end of March and the end of June, the number of people with active coverage who enrolled on the exchanges dropped by about 300,000.
Despite the decline, the Obama Administration should meet its enrollment goals by year’s end.
Strong sign-up showings and steady premium payments are critical for the administration because Republicans hoping to repeal the health reform law would likely portray lackluster enrollment as a sign that “Obamacare” is failing to meet previously set goals.
About 84 percent of enrollees, or more than 8.3 million consumers, were receiving a subsidy to offset premium costs, with an average tax credit of $270 a month, according to the agency’s latest report.
“Consumers from coast-to-coast are continuing to show how important health coverage is to their families,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell in a statement. “Millions of Americans are benefiting from the peace of mind that comes with having quality coverage at a price they can afford as they access coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.”