Obamacare yields more than 1M applicants in first week of open enrollment


CNBC: Officials call the first week a “solid start” while stressing they have a “lot of work to do” before deadline in February.

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CNBC: Officials call the first week a “solid start” while stressing they have a “lot of work to do” before deadline in February.

A total of 48 percent of the 462,125 customers who selected plans that go into effect in 2015 were buying insurance plans for the first time on HealthCare.gov, the federal Obamacare exchange that sells coverage in two-thirds of the United States.

The remaining 52 percent of people signing up were existing customers who had renewed coverage, or replaced their current plans with new ones for 2015, Burwell said during a phone briefing with reporters. For the selected plans to be considered enrollments, people will need to pay their first month’s premiums.

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