Obama Administration: More Than 4M Enrolled for Health Insurance

WI Web Staff | 3/11/2014, 5 p.m.
President Obama addresses concerns with the Affordable Care Act at the White House on Nov. 14.

The Obama administration announced Tuesday that 4.2 million people have signed up for health insurance under the president's Affordable Care Act.

The Department of Health & Human Services said it expects a surge in enrollment as the March 31 deadline nears. The number was initially expected in October during the rollout of Obama's signature law to be near 7 million by the end of March, but well-documented glitches on the federal website portal, HealthCare.gov, significantly slowed the sign-up period, forcing officials to scale back the projection to 6 million.

The administration said problems with the website have largely been rectified and that the site's error rate is less than 0.5 percent, with an average response time of less than half a second.

Under the Obamacare initiative, most Americans are mandated to have health insurance by the end of the enrollment period. Those without coverage after the March 31 deadline will be required to pay a penalty next year when they file their 2014 tax returns.

Anyone who misses the open enrollment period will have to wait until for the next sign-up period, which begins Nov. 15 and runs through Jan. 15, 2015.