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More than 2 million covered under Obamacare

WASHINGTON — More than 2.1 million Americans have signed up so far for health insurance through federal and state exchanges under Obamacare, Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius said Tuesday.

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Additionally, 3.9 million people are newly eligible for coverage through expanded Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program, she said on a conference call.

The Obamacare enrollment figure is below the target of 3 million originally set by the Obama administration for the end of December, which is halfway through an initial six-month sign-up period.

For the first time, Americans will be required to have health coverage or face a fine.

The botched rollout of the new marketplaces on October 1, when the HealthCare.gov website set up to handle the enrollment failed to work properly, damaged the sign-up process until the system began working better in early December, officials said previously.

In a blog post on Tuesday, Sebelius said the administration was “doing everything we can to help ensure a smooth transition period” for people getting new coverage.

She advised anyone going to the doctor or pharmacy to take their new insurance card with them or find out what proof of coverage will be required.

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  • Angela B

    So when I went to sign up for healthcare at the website I was unable to sign up at first. So when I went back into my application, and resubmitted it, I got an error message that said that they could not verify me as a person. So I began again (my momma didn't raise a quitter after all) and this time I thought that maybe since I am on SSI and my son on state aid, that I needed a separate application for each of us. So now I get a message that they cannot verify that I am not incarcerated. Progress! They now realize that I AM a real person. Once again I try, after sending the verification needed to prove I am not incarcerated. This time I am told that I am ineligible because I am already eligible???! So I decided to add my son back onto my application. Now I get a message that they cannot verify that he is not incarcerated!!!


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