OVERNIGHT HEALTH: ObamaCare enrollments reach 7.5 million

Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Thursday told lawmakers that enrollments in ObamaCare's exchanges have reached 7.5 million. 

This figure includes the 7.1 million people who signed up as of March 31 and an additional 400,000 who have taken advantage of a special enrollment period that will end April 15. The 400,000 may also include state-based enrollees who were not reported on March 31.

Sebelius made the comment before the Senate Finance Committee, where she appeared to testify on President Obama's proposed HHS budget for 2015. 

She also said about 12 million people have been determined eligible for Medicaid, but did not say how many people have signed up for the program over the last six months.

Elise Viebeck at The Hill reports.

Poll: More than 80 percent of people in a new poll say the healthcare reform law will be an important factor in determining their vote in the midterm elections. A USA Today/Pew Research survey released Thursday found 54 percent call the law "very important" in determining their vote. The survey came after the administration announced more than 7 million people signed up for healthcare through the newly created exchanges. Republicans have sought to make the law a central focus ahead of the midterms, believing it will drag down Democrats. Mario Trujillo at The Hill reports.

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