A record 14 million Americans sign up for health care since enrollment began – government

Jan 13 (Reuters) – A record 14.1 million Americans have purchased health insurance since the 2022 open enrollment period began in November, the U.S. Health Department said on Thursday.

The number includes ten million people in the 33 U.S. states using the federal market exchange and about four million people in states that have their own exchanges, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said during a briefing. a call for the press.

The enrollment figure, as of January 8, represents a 21% increase in plan selections over last year.

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“I can guarantee that the president’s goal is to help more people get quality insurance coverage,” HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra said in response to a question about whether the government could extend the deadline. ‘registration.

“I wouldn’t be surprised if he ordered us to keep looking at ways to make sure Americans get the coverage they need,” he said.

The open registration period began on November 1 and will end on January 15. The government had in September extended the deadline by one month to January to give people more time to review and choose health plans.

“With Omicron, with COVID still around, we need to do everything we can to give people that protection,” Becerra said.

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Reporting by Amruta Khandekar; Editing by Aditya Soni

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