ACA Enrollment Rises As Covid Crisis Deepens
Sign-ups for Affordable Care Act health insurance plans rose by more than six percent amid rising COVID-19 cases and a worsening economic situation, according to preliminary data from the Centers for Medicaid & Medicaid Services (CMS). The agency said more than 8.2 million people signed up as of Dec. 15, the last day of open enrollment in the 36 states served by HealthCare.gov, reflecting a 6.6 percent gain.
Figures from New Jersey and Pennsylvania were not included because these states no longer use the federal website. Other states that operate their own enrollment campaigns are reporting stronger numbers, such as Maryland, which said it signed up more than 166,000 people, a record. The official national enrollment report will be released sometime in early 2021.