The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) public exchange system may be on track to start 2015 with more than 7 million qualified health plan (QHP) enrollees.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today announced that it had received QHP selection information for 6.4 million people by Dec. 19. About 30 percent of the QHP selectors, or about 1.9 million, are new to the exchange system.
The figures cover only enrollment through the exchanges run by the HHS. Charles Gaba, the editor of the ACASignups.net blog, estimates the state-based exchanges may have taken in QHP selection information for about 2.1 million people.
The HHS exchange QHP selector count has increased from 2.4 million on Dec. 12.
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PPACA exchange plan open enrollment for 2015 started Nov. 15 and is set to run until Feb. 15, 2015.