It’s not unreasonable that the Administration tries to put Obamacare enrollment in the best light, but the numbers are different from different sources and depending on the month of the year.
Many people enroll, but never pay premiums so enrollment is revised later in the year.
20 million is a frequently thrown around number, but what you don’t often hear is that the majority of that number excluding the adult children, is from Medicaid expansion.
You also don’t hear that adult children were typically covered to age 23 and in some cases 25 or that the majority of new Medicaid enrolled were eligible before Obamacare.
This report estimates that 20.0 million uninsured adults have gained health insurance coverage because of the Affordable Care Act as of early 2016. This includes:
😷17.7 million nonelderly adults (ages 18 to 64) who gained health insurance coverage from the start of Open Enrollment in October 2013 through early 2016.
😷2.3 million young adults ages (ages 19 to 25) who gained health insurance coverage between the enactment of the Affordable Care Act in 2010 and the start of the initial Open Enrollment Period in October 2013 due to the ACA provision allowing young adults to remain on a parent’s plan until age 26.
Source: HHS report November 2016
Federal health officials Wednesday touted a record 6.4 million customer sign-ups on the federal Obamacare marketplace HealthCare.gov so far this open enrollment season — topping last year’s pace during the same time period by 400,000 customers. Source: CNBC
6.4 million more, 6.4 million including re-enrollments and new plan selection?
CMS press release January 10, 2017
A new report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that more than 11.5 million people nationwide were signed up for Health Insurance Marketplace coverage as of December 24, 2016, an increase of 286,000 plan selections relative to the comparable period last year.