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HHS: Obamacare enrollment up to nearly 3.3M

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Enrollment in the Obamacare Marketplaces is up to 3,299,500 through Feb. 1, with the Pennsylvania tally at 123,681, according to a report today from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

The enrollment numbers still represent plans selected; asked how many people had completed enrollment by paying their first month's premium, officials said they are still working on that question.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said January saw a 53 percent increase in overall enrollment over the prior three months, with young adult enrollment outpacing all other age groups combined. People ages 18 to 34 were 24 percent of enrollees in the first three months and 27 percent of enrollees in January. In Pennsylvania, 26 percent of enrollees are aged 18-34.

Pittsburgh-based insurer Highmark Inc. also issued a report today, saying it is up to 61,372 Marketplace enrollees in Pennsylvania as of Feb. 11, and that those numbers represent enrollments that have been processed by Highmark but not necessarily paid. Off the Marketplace, Highmark said 30,703 individuals have purchased Obamacare-compliant plans.

Overall, Highmark said, it is seeing a high percentage of new members, “which are likely those who were previously uninsured or had insurance with a competitor”; in Pennsylvania, 43 percent of those new enrollees are also new members.

Open enrollment ends March 31, and much-cited Congressional Budget Office projections from last May showed 7 million people, about 38 percent of them ages 18 to 34, enrolling by then.

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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