With just two more weeks during which consumers can buy health insurance that will kick in by Jan. 2014, 7,043 people in Illinois had selected an insurance plan created by President Obama’s health care law by the end of November – five times more than by the end of October, the federal government said today.
Nationwide, 364,682 individuals signed up for a plan under the Affordable Care Act between Oct. 1 and Nov. 30. That’s four times greater than the federal government reported last month – 106,185 individuals.
Another 803,077 people were determined to eligible for Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) by the end of November. Of those, 30,446 individuals were in Illinois. However, those numbers are still quite a bit lower than the 7 million people that was expected to sign up — on both the state and federal exchanges — by the time the initial enrollment period ends at the end of March, according to the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office.
The news comes as Health and Human Service Secretary Kathleen Sebelius blogs that she wants her office’s inspector general to investigate the botched rollout of the Obamacare website:
First, I have asked our Inspector General, Dan Levinson, to review the development of HealthCare.gov. We need a thorough review of the contractor performance and program management structure that resulted in the flawed launch of the website. I am asking the Inspector General to review the acquisition process, overall program management, and contractor performance and payment issues related to the development and management of the HealthCare.gov website.
We will take action to address the Inspector General’s findings.
Sebelius was on Capitol Hill this morning to testify further on the developments to the site’s progress since last month.