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IRS Offers Preliminary Glimpse Of How Many People Were Able To Use Healthcare.gov

According to the Internal Revenue Service, the federal government has delivered 330,000 premium subsidy calculations to people who have gotten far enough to find out whether they qualify for health insurance subsidies. Meanwhile, CNN looks deeper into some of the numbers currently being quoted.  

The Washington Post: IRS Offers Hint At How Many Americans Have Been Able To Use Healthcare.Gov Successfully
Despite the technical problems plaguing many of the new health insurance Web sites, the federal government has delivered 330,000 premium subsidy calculations to people who have gotten deep enough into the system to find out whether they qualify for financial help, the Internal Revenue Service said Saturday. The disclosure offers a hint of how many people might be successful in using the online marketplaces, which opened Oct. 1 amid widespread technical difficulties that prevented many people from accessing them (Kliff and Somashekhar, 10/26).

Fox News: IRS Releases Preliminary Report On Obamacare Inquiries
The IRS on Saturday reported handling more than 330,000 requests from Obamacare exchanges to calculate whether Americans are eligible for federal tax credits when purchasing insurance through the program. The release provides some indication on how many people are attempting to buy insurance through the exchanges in their first four weeks of operation and how many are seeking federal financial assistance (10/26).

CNN: The Hidden Truth Behind Early Obamacare Numbers: It's Not What It Seems
Officials announced Thursday that 700,000 people have applied for insurance plans in both the 36 states that are using a federally run health care exchange and the 14 states running their own exchanges. But don't apply that 700,000 application figure to the 7 million enrollment goal. For starters, there's no guarantee that all 700,000 will ultimately enroll in a health insurance plan. And those 700,000 applications include Medicaid enrollments (Wolf and Aigner-Treworgy, 10/27).

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