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Obamacare enrollments have reached the 5 million mark, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. A press release from HHS profiles a couple of the new enrollees.
Fernando Valdez, 25, of El Paso, New Mexico [sic - Texas] woke up early on Saturday, after his mother insisted that he walk to an enrollment center and enroll in Marketplace coverage. Now, he will pay $22 a month for his health insurance.  Fernando said that he walked away knowing that if “I get into an accident I will not be in trouble with trying to find health care."  Read more about Fernando’s story at: http://www.elpasotimes.com/....

And Denise Schroeder says she now feels like “I have a whole new life” after enrolling in coverage in recent days.  Denise, a small business owner in West Chester, Pennsylvania who runs “Happy Heart Clown N'Stuff” which does balloon decorating and entertainment for parties is also a cancer survivor.  Because she had cancer, Denise knew she couldn’t let her health coverage lapse, but the $880 premium she was paying each month wiped out her savings account, and she said it was killing her.  But after working with an enrollment navigator, she enrolled on Thursday in a Silver Plan for $22 a month.  When she saw the new premium, she cried.

Just last week the White House had announced 4.2 million sign-ups through February, not counting Medicaid enrollments, which means the pace has picked up in the last two weeks. The pace of enrollments is likely to continue over the next two weeks, meaning the administration's goal of six million enrollees is likely to be reached.

Originally posted to Joan McCarter on Mon Mar 17, 2014 at 01:53 PM PDT.

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