(Bloomberg) – More than 7 million consumers have selected Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) “qualified health plan” (QHP) coverage through the public exchanges, according to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney.
The 7.04 million total includes people who completed signing up for QHPs through the 37 exchanges run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as of midnight yesterday.
The total also includes people who signed up for QHPs through the state-based exchanges by midnight Sunday.
The total does not include people who signed up for QHPs through the state-based exchanges Monday, and it does not include people who had applications in progress at either the HHS exchanges or the state-based exchanges by midnight yesterday.
“It’s fair to say we surpassed everyone’s expectations,” Carney said at a White House briefing today.
HHS says it lacks complete information on who has paid for coverage. It uses whether consumers have selected QHPs, not paid enrollment figures, as the enrollment activity indicator.
The official PPACA open enrollment period for individual QHPs, or commercial exchange plans, started Oct. 1 in most of the country and officially ended yesterday in most of the country.