200K ACA Signups in Two Weeks
More than 200,000 people signed up for health coverage on the Affordable Care Act (ACA) exchanges in the first two weeks of a special pandemic enrollment period, according to federal statistics released March 3. The special enrollment period runs through May 15. Most states that operate their own exchanges also extended open enrollment.
According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), the number of signups from Feb. 15 to Feb. 28 was nearly three times higher than during the same period last year, when only 76,000 people signed up. There are 36 states that use the federal exchanges. According to CMS, Florida and Texas had the most people sign up for coverage so far, with nearly 62,000 people and 35,000 people selecting plans, respectively.
Meanwhile, the New Mexico Office of the Superintendent of Insurance (OSI) cautioned consumers that “there are scammers trying to lure people into purchasing low-quality health insurance or health insurance-like products. These bad plans can leave consumers stuck with huge medical bills from doctors and hospitals.”