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    Obamacare Enrollment Hits 3.3 Million

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    The marketplaces opened Oct 1 and the first year's open enrollment is scheduled to end March 31. After a disastrous start as a result of malfunctioning websites, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office revised downward its expectations on how many would enroll in the first year. Instead of 7 million, CBO now expects 6 million.

    California, which is running its own marketplace, has enrolled more than 728,000 people—twice as many as any other state. Florida, which is relying on the federal exchange, has enrolled more than 296,000. New York, which has its own marketplace, has the third highest enrollment at 211,000.

    The percentage of people between 18 and 34 enrolling ranged from 17 percent in West Virginia, to 31 percent in Utah, to 44 percent in the District of Columbia. The variation reflects states' different demographics, federal officials said.

    An estimated 6.3 million people have enrolled in Medicaid through the same period, officials said, but that number includes previous enrollees as well as those who are newly eligible under the law. Consulting firm Avalere estimates that between 1.1 million and 1.8 million of those have enrolled as a result of expanded eligibility.

    In addition, more than 420,000 people have purchased standalone dental plans in the federal marketplace, the report said. Dental enrollment figures were not available for the state marketplaces.

    Kaiser Health News is an editorially independent program of the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy research and communications organization not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente.

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