By Jerry Geisel, Crain News Service
WASHINGTON (Feb. 28, 2014) — About 4 million people have enrolled in plans offered through public health insurance exchanges, a top Obama administration official said, as enrollment continues to surge.
“The most recent data indicate that approximately 4 million people have now signed up for a private health insurance plan through the federal and state-based marketplaces since Oct. 1,” Marilyn Tavenner, administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, wrote in a Feb. 25 blog post.
That exchange enrollment — based on information available this week — compares with the nearly 3.3 million enrollees as of Feb. 1 and 2.2 million who had enrolled through Dec. 28.
A full enrollment report for February, which will include state-by-state information, will be released in mid-March, federal officials said.
Some states, though, already are reporting major enrollment gains this month. For example, in California — whose exchange is the largest of the state exchanges authorized under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act — enrollment grew more than 100,000 during the first two weeks of February, rising to nearly 829,000.
“These enrollment numbers mean that with six weeks to go, California has already exceeded its projected base enrollment for the 2014 open-enrollment period,” Peter Lee, executive director of the California exchange, Covered California, said last week in a statement.
This report appeared on businessinsurance.com, the website of Business Insurance magazine, a Chicago-based sister publication of Tire Business.
Titan International and the United Steelworkers union have petitioned the U.S. International Trade Commission and U.S. Department of Commerce seeking relief from OTR tire imports from China, India and Sri Lanka. What’s your opinion?
|I wholeheartedly support their action – something needs to be done.||
|I think it’s a bad idea that could inevitably tie the hands of domestic tire makers.||
|I oppose any duties against tire importers—they only raise costs for distributors and make it harder to obtain inventory.||
|I’m kind of on the fence and not sure what’s right, but need more information before deciding.||
|I don’t really care whether or not relief is granted.||
|Total votes: 78|