HealthCare.gov enrollment tops 1.1 million after deadline surge

McClatchy Washington BureauDecember 29, 2013 

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Agent John Ryan helps a client from another county with his health care concerns at the BlueCross BlueShield of N.C. Triangle Sales Center in Morrisville, North Carolina, on Tuesday, October 1, 2013.

COREY LOWENSTEIN — Raleigh News & Observer/MCT

— After a disastrous debut marred by technical problems, the federal health insurance marketplace has crossed a major milestone, enrolling more than one million people into a qualified health plan as of Christmas day.

More than 1.1 million Americans across 36 states enrolled in coverage from October 1 to December 24, according to new figures released Sunday by the Obama administration.

More than 975,000 of the new enrollees signed up this month as Americans scrambled to find coverage by December 24, the deadline to obtain insurance that takes effect on January 1.

"HealthCare.gov enrollment nearly doubled in the days before the January 1 coverage deadline compared to the first few weeks of the month," according to a new blog post from Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

"December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November.  In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone," Tavenner wrote.

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