New Enrollments in the Affordable Care Act Will Fall Short of the Level Needed
The Department of Health and Human Services announced this week that new enrollments in the Affordable Care Act will fall some 30 percent short of the level the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) says will be needed to keep the program from collapsing.
The revised estimate of only 9 million signups is 4 million short of the 13 million signups in the CBO report. The administration also reduced its count of 2014 enrollment to 7.1 million people, from 7.3 million in August. Officials expect only about 83 percent of those enrollees to renew their plans for 2015.
The announcement was among several outlined by Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Sylvia Mathews Burwell, who made her predictions during a Center for American Progress event on November 10. Other comments highlighted improvements to the Health.Gov web site.
“Open enrollment this year will be a positive experience for the consumer,” Burwell said.
Source: US Department of Health and Human Services at http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2014/Targets/ib_Targets.pdf