Washington, DC, United States (4E) – The number of enrollees to the health insurance marketplace reached 1.1 million as 975,000 signed up in December, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMMS) announced on Sunday.
Half of the enrollees in December signed up on Dec. 24, the deadline for insurance plans that start in January.
The number of enrollment per day also increased, the CMMS said in a blog post. From its rollout in October, it was 1,000 rising to 3,800 in November and 40,000 in December. The daily average reached 100,000 as the deadline approached.
CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner attributed the increase in enrollees to the improvement of the HealthCare.gov website. The federal website was plagued with technical glitches and outages when it launched on Oct. 1 and it was announced fixed on Nov. 30.
“December enrollment so far is over 7 times that of October and November. In part, this was because we met our marks on improving HealthCare.gov: the site supported 83,000 concurrent users on December 23rd alone,” Tavenner said, according to The Hill.
CMS spokeswoman Julie Bataille said response times in online enrollment averaged half a second while error rates were at less than 1 percent.
Tavenner also cited the extension of the deadline by one day from Dec. 23 to Christmas Eve.