Thousands of pharmacies join ObamaCare sign-up efforts


The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday announced partnerships with pharmacies across the country in an effort to boost ObamaCare enrollment as the sign-up deadline approaches. 

{mosads}The pharmacies, including CVS and Walgreens, will hold enrollment events and have trained assisters available to help customers sign up for insurance under the healthcare law. 

HHS said companies representing more than 38,000 pharmacies nationwide are participating. 

“This strong participation is further indication that businesses are investing in Open Enrollment because they believe it is good for their business and for their customers,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement. 

The final deadline to enroll in coverage is Jan. 31, though if enrollees want their coverage to begin Jan. 1, they must sign up by Tuesday. 

Obama administration officials touted the number of sign-ups so far in a call Wednesday.  

They announced that more than 1 million new customers — and 2.8 million people overall — have signed up for insurance in the first six weeks of the new enrollment period. 

While not all of those who signed up will ultimately pay their premiums and become enrolled, it was a strong sign that the administration will reach, if not surpass, its goal of adding 900,000 new customers to the marketplace this year.

Tags Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act United States Department of Health and Human Services Walgreens

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