Insurance marketplace enrollment hits 5 million

BY newsdesk  March 17, 2014 at 6:10 PM EST

More than 5 million Americans have signed up for health insurance through the Affordable Care Act’s new “marketplaces,” the Obama administration announced Monday.

That means roughly 800,000 people have signed up in March — a quickening pace given that only 4.2 million had enrolled by the end of February. The White House hopes the total will be closer to 6 million by the end of open enrollment March 31 — which is still well below the 7 million they initially projected would be enrolled by this time.

The PBS NewsHour recently re-capped the types of uninsured Americans the administration is pursuing most fiercely in these final weeks:


Watch the full discussion, or read a transcript of the segment, which originally aired on March 11.