The Obama administration has reached a big Obamacare sign-up milestone, with less than three weeks remaining in the open-enrollment season.
Officials on Tuesday announced that 9.5 million people have signed up for health plans sold through government-run Obamacare exchanges.
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The administration had said it expected that 9.1 million people will be paying for Obamacare coverage by the end of 2015, although it also had said that it expected as many as 9.9 million to have been signed up and paid for plans by the Feb. 15 open-enrollment deadline. The difference in the numbers stems from the fact that some people will end up not paying for coverage, or obtain coverage elsewhere later in the year.
However, the Congressional Budget Office is projecting that 12 million people will be enrolled in Obamacare plans by the end of this year.
For enrollment to be considered official, a customer must pay their premium for the first month. Enrollment numbers released Tuesday do not reflect paying customers.