Manatt's Joel Ario, a managing director with Manatt Health Solutions, was quoted by The Philadelphia Inquirer on the importance of the Affordable Care Act maintaining enrollment momentum into the new year.
As reported by The Philadelphia Inquirer, the ACA enrollment totals showed a significant number of consumers bought insurance in December, making up some of the ground lost after the faulty launch of the federal health exchange.
"Continuing to build enrollment is job number one," said Ario. "I'm not sure we're going to get to the 7 million (estimated by the government) but we need to get substantially beyond" the 2.1 million now insured under ACA.
Reaching a sustainable number means adding more than 50,000 people a day, Ario said. That means the number of enrollees each month for January, February and March must match December's total.
"And there still will have to be a big push in March," he said.
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