The enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace has been off to a strong start, with approximately 4.6 million people selecting a plan since the opening of the 2024 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (OEP) on November 1. This includes both new enrollees and individuals who have returned to the Marketplaces to renew their coverage or select a new plan for 2024.
One significant trend is the increase in Marketplace enrollment during 2023, even before the start of the current enrollment period. From March to September 2023, approximately 1.5 million more people enrolled in Marketplace coverage nationwide compared to the same period in 2022. This highlights the positive impact of new and stronger Marketplace systems and policies, making affordable and comprehensive coverage more accessible to individuals. This includes those transitioning from Medicaid coverage as states resume Medicaid and Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) eligibility renewals after the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Biden-Harris Administration remains committed to providing affordable health insurance for all Americans. The Inflation Reduction Act and the American Rescue Plan have played a crucial role in keeping insurance costs manageable. The Administration continues to support Navigator Awards, which help organizations hire staff trained to assist consumers in finding affordable and comprehensive health coverage.
HealthCare.gov offers a wide range of health care coverage options and savings. Due to the provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act, 9 out of 10 customers are expected to be eligible for savings. Individuals with current coverage are encouraged to review their options to find a plan that better meets their needs at a lower cost.
Enrolling in Marketplace coverage also means benefitting from a highly competitive marketplace. In 2024, 96% of HealthCare.gov enrollees will have the choice of three or more plans. Standardized plan options are available, making it easier for consumers to compare plans. These plans also offer many services pre-deductible, including primary care, generic drugs, urgent care, and mental health outpatient visits.
To enroll in health insurance coverage for 2024, individuals can visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadoDeSalud.gov, call 1-800-318-2596, or seek assistance from Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, or agents/brokers available through the Find Local Help tool on HealthCare.gov.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
1. How many people have enrolled in the 2024 ACA Health Insurance Marketplace?
Approximately 4.6 million people have selected a plan since the opening of the 2024 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period.
2. Has there been an increase in Marketplace enrollment?
Yes, enrollment in Marketplace coverage increased by approximately 1.5 million from March to September 2023 compared to the same period in 2022.
3. How has the Biden-Harris Administration made health insurance more affordable?
The Inflation Reduction Act and the American Rescue Plan have helped keep insurance costs manageable, making coverage more affordable for individuals.
4. Are there multiple plan options available on HealthCare.gov?
Yes, HealthCare.gov offers a highly competitive marketplace with 96% of enrollees having the choice of three or more plans. Standardized plan options are also available for easier comparison.
5. Where can individuals get assistance with enrolling in Marketplace coverage?
Individuals can get assistance by visiting HealthCare.gov’s Find Local Help tool to connect with Navigators, Certified Application Counselors, or agents/brokers.
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