Enroll America: We’ll work right up to the next Obamacare enrollment period

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Enroll America, a White House ally that spread the word about Obamacare during the past year, said it is not going to rest on its laurels now that the law’s six-month enrollment period is over.

President Anne Filipic said the nonprofit will reach out to people who may be eligible for Medicaid or a “special enrollment” period to sign up for private coverage under the Affordable Care Act because of a major life change or another qualifying reason.

“Our work is far from over … we know that millions remain uninsured,” she said on a conference call.

She said the group will retain more than 200 staff members and work through the law’s second enrollment period, which starts in mid-November.

President Obama on Tuesday said 7.1 million Americans selected a health plan on state and federal exchanges tied to his law from Oct. 1 to March 31. The grand total could give the administration a political victory in the short term, but Republican critics warn that premiums will rise sharply for many customers and that up to one in five new enrollees have not paid yet for their coverage.

Ms. Filipic said customers were more likely to enroll if they were contacted by volunteers more than once.

She said the availability of government subsidies was the biggest motivator for people to sign up, because the main obstacle to signing up was the belief that coverage would cost too much.

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