Almost 14 million Americans are now covered by ACA market plans.
Over 2 million new people obtained health insurance through Affordable Care Act (ACA) market plans during the 2021 open enrollment period, bringing the total number of people covered by ACA to nearly of 14 million, according to the US Department of Health and Human Services. (HHS).
“We are seeing that this open enrollment period continues to be unique, with record numbers of people receiving health insurance through the federal and state markets,” said Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, in a press release announcing the registration figures.
Brooks-LaSure attributed much of the gains to the US bailout. “The US bailout has helped lower healthcare premiums, resulting in record savings for millions of people across the country,” she said, adding that the enrollment period has been extended until ‘to January 15 for coverage that will begin on February 1.
Passed in the early months of the Biden administration, the US bailout increased tax credits used to subsidize premiums for low- and middle-income families who obtain health coverage through ACA plans.
A total of 13.8 million people now have health insurance through an ACA market plan, of which 2.02 million have signed up during the current open enrollment period. Of the new registrants, 1.6 million are in the 33 states using the Federal Marketplace Healthcare.gov platform, while 416,000 are in the other 17 states and the District of Columbia, which use their own platforms. shapes.
These increases are in addition to the more than 200,000 people who signed up during a special enrollment period that ran from mid-February to mid-May for people who needed coverage. medical during the pandemic.
Among states, Florida had the most new registrants at 2.59 million, followed by California (1.73 million) and Texas (1.71 million). Vermont (26,000) and West Virginia (21,435) recorded the smallest gains.
“President Biden has pledged to build on the Affordable Care Act and lower the cost of health care, and these record numbers are proof that we have kept our promises,” HHS Secretary Xavier said. Becerra.
Through December 15, states using the Healthcare.gov platform saw a 21% increase in the number of insurance plans available to enrollees compared to last year’s open enrollment period, according to the press release. In addition, the Biden administration has quadrupled to nearly 1,500 the number of “browsers” available to help people sign up for ACA plans.
Seen as one of the key elements of ACA, Markets were launched in 2014 with the goal of making health insurance more affordable for low- and middle-income individuals and families. Most people who get coverage through them receive premium grants in the form of tax credits.