Appearing before a Senate hearing on April 10, hours before it was made public that she has resigned from her job, U.S. Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reported 400,000 people have signed up for health insurance through the federal and state health insurance marketplaces since the original deadline for Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment passed at the end of March.
The late enrollments push the total private health plan enrollee count to more than 7.5 million. And that number is expected to climb further as more states report their late enrollments through April.
New York’s state health insurance exchange says 1.26 million residents have completed applications and more than 908,000 have enrolled for specific coverage. The number includes 422,000 in 16 commercial and non-profit plans and 487,000 in government-funded Medicaid, according to the Wall Street Journal. Seventy percent of those enrolled were previously uninsured.
In California, the state health insurance exchange reported enrollment through March 31 of more than three million residents, which includes those in private health plans as well as Medi-Cal, the healthcare program for low-income Californians. Since Covered California extended the deadline for those who had created an account, but who had not completed their ACA enrollment by the end of March, an updated Golden State enrollment number is expected before the end of April.