Federal Health Exchange Stays Busy After Open Enrollment Ends

Even after the open enrollment deadline, HealthCare.gov remained a popular destination.i i

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Even after the open enrollment deadline, HealthCare.gov remained a popular destination.

Even after the open enrollment deadline, HealthCare.gov remained a popular destination.

J. David Ake/AP

For months, journalists and politicians fixated on the number of people signing up for health insurance through the federal exchange created as part of the Affordable Care Act. It turned out that more than 5 million people signed up using HealthCare.gov by April 19.

But perhaps more surprising is that, according to federal data released Wednesday to ProPublica, there have been nearly 1 million transactions on the exchange since then. People are allowed to sign up and switch plans after certain life events, such as job changes, moves, the birth of a baby, marriages and divorces.

The volume of these transactions was a jolt even for those who have watched the rollout of the ACA most closely.

“That’s higher than I would have expected,” said Larry Levitt, senior vice president for special initiatives at the Kaiser Family Foundation. “There are a lot of people who qualify for special enrollment, but my assumption has been that few of them would actually sign up.”

The impact of the new numbers isn’t clear because the Obama

Article source: http://www.npr.org/blogs/health/2014/07/23/334492391/federal-health-exchange-stays-busy-after-open-enrollment-ends?ft=1&f=131849999

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