About 9.9 million people continued with their healthcare insurance via the Affordable Care Act as of the end of June, the federal government said.
California had the largest state enrollment, just under 1.4 million. Florida was next with roughly 1.3 million.
The quarterly numbers were reported Sept. 9 by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. They reflect people who selected healthcare plans and paid their premiums.
The drop largely reflects those who didn’t make premium payments or decided to discontinue coverage. Others were removed from the healthcare program because they did not provide proof of citizenship.
The vast majority of those getting insurance via the Affordable Care Act marketplaces were receiving subsidies: 84 percent (or about 8.3 million consumers), the report said. The numbers do not reflect the previously uninsured who acquired coverage via the private health insurance marketplace, presumably because they did not qualify for subsidies.
Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said: “Millions of Americans are benefiting from the peace of mind that comes with having quality coverage at a price they can afford as they access coverage through the Affordable Care Act’s marketplace.”
The Obama administration anticipated somewhere between 9.1 million and 9.9 million enrollees for 2015.
The majority signed up via the federal marketplace, 7.2 million. The independent state marketplaces accounted for 2.7 million.
The numbers are billed as a “snapshot”: “CMS expects enrollment numbers will change over time as consumers find other coverage or experience changes in life circumstances such as employment status or marriage, which may cause consumers to change, newly enroll in, or terminate their plans,” the quarterly report said.
Open enrollment for 2016 begins Nov. 1 and ends Jan. 31.