Amid Coverage Losses, ACA Enrollments Soar
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) reports that close to half a million people who lost their health insurance amid the economic shutdown to slow the spread of COVID-19 have gotten coverage through HealthCare.gov. The figures are only part of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) enrollment picture because they do not include sign-ups from states, like California and New York, that run their own health insurance marketplaces.
The figures come as the Trump administration filed arguments in a U.S. Supreme Court case to overturn the ACA, which could cause 20 million Americans to lose their coverage and protections for their preexisting conditions.
The CMS report reveals that 487,000 people signed up with HealthCare.gov after losing their workplace coverage this year, which is an increase of 46 percent from the same time period last year.