Washington (CNN) - Enroll America, the major outside group pushing uninsured Americans towards Obamacare, announced Tuesday it has raised more than $27 million since March to help fund its outreach efforts.
The group also touted outreach numbers showing its field staff in ten states has reached out to more than 300,000 consumers since its "Get Covered" campaign began.
"Within those 300,000 we've been able to have substantive, meaningful, back-and-forth conversations with over 60,000 consumers, leading to a number we have now of well over 30,000 consumers who have identified themselves as either uninsured or under-insured and very, very interested in wanting to take steps to be able to enroll in the marketplace in the months to come," field director John Gilbert told reporters on a conference call.
This puts the group on pace to help over 300,000 uninsured or under-insured Americans learn more about how to enroll in Obamacare, Gilbert asserted.
Enroll America has staff in Arizona, Texas, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina, Illinois, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. The group announced plans Tuesday to expand to Tennessee, where, according to the Kaiser Family Foundation, nearly 900,000 people are uninsured.
"The numbers are pretty staggering when you look at it," Craig Becker, president of the Tennessee Hospital Association, said on the conference call.
"There's 500,000 people who are eligible for some sort of a subsidy from the exchange and certainly contacting them is going to be a major, major project."
Becker added that at least 200,000 Tennesseans could be eligible for Medicaid if the state decided to take the federal government up on its offer to fund an expansion of the state-run program.
Enroll America doesn't directly enroll consumers in new insurance, but rather helps direct uninsured Americans towards state-based assisters, navigators or help centers where they can purchase insurance.
As an outside group, Enroll America receives the same updates on the government's efforts to repair Healthcare.gov as members of the media, the group's president Anne Filipic said.
Filipic said she expects the site to be functioning by the end of November as the administration has promised.
"We thought that come October 1 the website was going to be functioning well," Filipic said. "That was our expectation, and when it wasn't, we rolled with it."
"We continued the work we were doing - the education and the outreach - which was always going to be sort of the forefront of our work for the first month or so of enrollment," Filipic added.
"So we are expecting things to be working better then. I will say that we have steadily seen progress in that regard."