Administration says to expect higher November enrollment
December 2nd, 2013
09:20 AM ET
10 months ago

Administration says to expect higher November enrollment

Washington (CNN) - November insurance plan enrollment on the federal HealthCare.gov website is expected to be higher than the previous month's numbers, the Obama administration said Monday.

Final November numbers, still being prepared for a mid-December release, will show more Americans enrolled while a massive effort took place to repair the website.

"We're in the process of scrubbing final data and expect to report November numbers in mid-December, but we expect that enrollment will increase with the technical improvements we've made," said Health and Human Services Spokeswoman Joanne Peters in a statement Monday. She added that enrollment through alternate channels and successful state-based exchanges would help bolster November's figures.

On Sunday, administration officials announced they had met their deadline for getting HealthCare.gov working for the "vast majority" of users, saying response times and error rates had been slashed while capacity increased.

Administration: HealthCare.gov working smoothly

They also described the weeks-long repair process that involved overhauling the website's management structure and installing a 24-hour "rapid response" team to address technical issues as they arise.

Those technical issues put a damper on the first month's enrollment figures for the Affordable Care Act. Just over 106,000 people signed up for Obamacare in October, and fewer than 27,000 Americans selected plans through the HealthCare.gov website.

Obamacare website progress garners muted reaction from Congress

Bloomberg  News reported Monday that around 100,000 signed up for coverage on the federal exchange last month, citing a person familiar with the program's progress. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told reporters later in the day that the initial report was not accurate and that the administration is still scrubbing the numbers for accuracy

The White House has said they expect enrollment to increase as the six-month period for people to buy insurance progressed.

"It's important to remember we are just two months into a six month open enrollment period that we expect will ramp up over time as we've seen in other implementation efforts, such as Massachusetts and Medicare Part D," Peters said Monday.

Marilyn Tavenner, the official charged with implementing Obamacare as director of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, told congressional lawmakers last month that the administration had hoped to enroll 800,000 on the insurance exchanges by the end of November.


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soundoff (14 Responses)
  1. Richard Long

    You mean Obamacare isn't free?! Medicaid it is then.

    December 2, 2013 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  2. Dennis Freeman

    Not to worry – the Tea Party/GOP will quickly point out what's wrong.

    December 2, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  3. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    OMG! What are the Tea Tards going to whine about now?

    December 2, 2013 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  4. ora pike

    obamacare is a monopoly--"your insurance does not meet the obamacare standard so you are cancelled" and CNN promotes it's success. IF IF IF a salesman has a good product he does not have to lie-that is a con man, and obama lied 37 times just on obamacare. Welcome to socialism where the majority is dependent upon government for a check and that folks is how you get elected and reelected and................

    December 2, 2013 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  5. Gurgyl

    Nothing wrong with web. But GOP thugs find some other nonsense to nag. Do they at least know pharmacy thugs charge eye drops 600/ where India makes them for two dollars? Nonsense, nab, bust pharmacy thugs first.

    December 2, 2013 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  6. Norma Vessels

    When people start using their new healthcare insurance in January and February and on, the Republicans in Congress will probably go back to one or more of the old scandals that they let go, because they found their wheels spinning and getting them nowhere. I suppose, though, they might find it more fun to make something new up to scandalize. Yep.

    December 2, 2013 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  7. Rudy NYC

    I think their goal of 50,000 concurrent users is short by a factor of ten. A whole LOT of people are going to have use it in a much smaller time frame. If they repair the site to what the original specification called for, then they really do not know what they're doing.

    December 2, 2013 09:49 am at 9:49 am |
  8. Rick McDaniel

    The independent reports are clear........it is working better.........but it is a long way from working well.

    December 2, 2013 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  9. CB FL

    The GOP wants to keep all the attention on The ACA so no one will ask them about jobs, immigration, farm bill, minimum wage, equal pay for women and the list go on. Just ask yourself what has the GOP done except say NO.

    December 2, 2013 10:24 am at 10:24 am |
  10. RomneyWho

    "Administration says to expect higher November enrollment" Not if the republican leadership saboteurs get their hands on a monkey wrench! :(

    December 2, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. The Real Tom Paine

    -Jeff Brown in Jersey

    OMG! What are the Tea Tards going to whine about now?
    *****************************
    Give them a few minutes, I'm sure they will cokme up with something, or, better still, make it up.

    December 2, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    Another 24/7 day of anti-Obamacare coverage, CNN?

    December 2, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  13. Malory Archer

    Norma Vessels

    When people start using their new healthcare insurance in January and February and on, the Republicans in Congress will probably go back to one or more of the old scandals that they let go, because they found their wheels spinning and getting them nowhere. I suppose, though, they might find it more fun to make something new up to scandalize. Yep.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    And if all else fails, they can shut down the government once again! Good times... good times...

    December 2, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  14. Sniffit

    "I think their goal of 50,000 concurrent users is short by a factor of ten."

    The goal is 5M-7M enrollees. If each enrollment process takes an average of 3 hours of filing out forms and shopping on the website, then 50,000 concurrent users is plenty. 7M/50K = 140 enrollment periods. 140 x 3 = 420 hours. 420 hours is 17.5 days. Even inflating the enrollment process to 10 hours per person would only bring it to 1,400 hours or 58.33 days. 12 hours would be 70 days. Add in downtime and non-peak flow during off-hours and maybe you get to 120 days, and that's being conservative.

    However, you can certainly expect that there will be reports of concentrated DNS and other attacks on the website the more the MSM is forced to report that it is working.

    December 2, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |