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HHS: November healthcare.gov enrollment 4x October's

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced today that November's healthcare.gov enrollment was more than four times October's, for a cumulative total of nearly 137,204 Americans that have selected plans since Oct. 1.

In the same time, the state-based marketplaces had enrollments of 227,478. The numbers include individuals who have not yet paid the premium, which is the final step in the enrollment process.

Nationwide, the report said, 1.9 million have made it through the eligibility process since Oct. 1 but have not yet selected a plan. An additional 803,077 were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children's Health Insurance Program.

The report also listed cumulative totals of 39.1 million visitors to the state and federal sites, and an estimated 5.2 million calls to their call centers.

A much-cited Congressional Budget Office projection from May showed 7 million people obtaining insurance through the marketplaces in 2014.

The report said 11,788 Pennsylvanians had selected a plan on healthcare.gov through the end of November, which was the transition point for some significant improvements. Yesterday, nonprofit insurer Highmark reported that its total enrollment through Dec. 9 in Pennsylvania was 10,112.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius urged individuals to sign up by Dec. 23 for coverage starting Jan. 1 and noted that the open enrollment period is six months long, continuing until March 31, 2014.

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer

Heather Stauffer covers Lancaster County, nonprofits, education and health care. Have a tip or question for her? Email her at heathers@cpbj.com. Follow her on Twitter, @StaufferCPBJ.

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