Slightly less than in 2018, approximately 8.5 million people signed up to obtain health insurance for 2019 through the ACA marketplace exchange. Here are five things that may or may not have affected these numbers.
Approximately 8.5 million people signed up to obtain health insurance for 2019 through the ACA marketplace exchange. This was slightly less than the 8.8 million individuals who signed up in 2018. The numbers were preliminary, however, and don’t represent final enrollment figures, CMS stated in a press release.
“This administration has taken strong steps to promote a more competitive, stable health insurance market and these steady enrollment numbers are yet another sign that the administration’s efforts are working,” says CMS Administrator Seema Verma. “With the lowest unemployment rate in 50 years, it’s possible that more Americans have employer-based coverage, and don’t need exchange plans.”
Here are five things health execs should know about ACA enrollment for 2019, and what actions may or may not have affected it.
The administration allowed short-term, three-month healthcare plans to be extended to a full year and renewed up to three years, although many states have their own restrictions on these plans. “By allowing lower cost alternatives, regardless of the coverage they provide, these plans will certainly siphon off consumers,” De La Torre says.
Karen Appold is a medical writer in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania.