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ACA Update: Health Insurance Exchange Enrollment Hits 6 Million

The latest ACA health insurance exchange ("Marketplace") numbers are in.

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President Obama reported Thursday that approximately 6 million Americans have signed up for coverage through the new "Obamacare" health insurance exchanges.

According to the administration, there were more than 1.5 million visits to HealthCare.gov and more than 430,000 calls to the call centers on Wednesday.

As March nears an end, 1.8 million have enrolled in coverage so far this month. March will likely exceed December's enrollment numbers of 1.8 million.

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The administration will at least meet their revised enrollment expectations of 6 million, though it will fall short of the Congressional Budget Office's (CBOs) original enrollment projections of 7 million.

Earlier this week, the Obama Administration announced they would grant extra time to Americans who say they tried, but were unable to enroll in a health plan through HealthCare.gov by the March 31st open enrollment deadline. The extension was in anticipation of a last minute rush to the website.

What remains to be seen is the number of Americans who enrolled, paid for coverage, and have coverage under a health exchange health plan. Only those who pay their first month's premium are considered enrolled, while those who don't pay have their policy selections canceled.

See related news coverage:

state by state guide to health insurance marketplaces