The demand for the health care insurance program under the national healthcare reform law, commonly known as Obamacare, surged during the fourth week of open enrollment for 2015 to more than one million people, according to the government data released on Tuesday.
In an e-mailed statement, the US Department of Health and Human Services said nearly 2.5 million Americans turned up to sign up in the 36 states where these medical insurance plans are sold through the HealthCare.gov website.
The report, which also appeared on the government department’s blog, included enrollment data between the period from November 15 (when enrollment opened) and December 12. The report, however, did not include data from states like New York and California, which operates their own websites.
The government said that out of the total enrollments on HealthCare.gov during the mentioned four-week period, 1.28 million turned up to renew their plans that they had purchased for 2014.
Andy Slavitt, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, commented about the enrollment figures by saying “open enrollment, in our view, has just begun.”
The individuals had time until Monday to buy an insurance plan if they wanted their coverage to begin on January 1. But those having 2014 coverage were re-enrolled automatically, while some of the US states that ran their own exchanges extended the deadline for enrollment by several days.
The enrollment period ends on February 15.
The government will release new enrollment figures on December 23, which will include the period through December 15. Experts say the numbers are expected to increase sharply if the current trend follows and people don’t face any technical glitch issue while enrolling.