The Department of Health and Human Services says that 4.2 million Americans signed up for health insurance coverage through the end of February, though there is still no indication of how many of these people have actually made a premium payment. What we do know is that enrollment numbers for last month are “weaker than expected”:
Roughly 4.2 million people had signed up for coverage under Obamacare at the end of a weaker-than-expected February, the Obama administration said Tuesday.
The administration’s enrollment campaign is now in its intense final push ahead of the March 31 deadline to sign up for coverage. The White House and its allies are unleashing a flood of paid advertising, promotional partnerships, and grassroots outreach designed to coax consumers—and especially young people—into new insurance markets created by the health care law.
February’s progress was slower than expected. About 943,000 people signed up for coverage last month, compared with the nearly 1.3 million the Health and Human Services Department had anticipated for February.
The full report is available here.
Insurers have said that around 20% of those who have selected plans on the Obamacare exchanges have failed to make a premium payment, meaning that they’re not counted as an enrollment.