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7 Million+ Sign Up for Coverage in ACA Marketplace Since Start of Open Enrollment (and 4 million via HealthSherpa)

Insurance Forums Staff

Nearly 7.3 million people have selected an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Health Insurance Marketplace plan since the 2024 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (OEP) opened on November 1, according to data released Dec. 6 by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

This represents activity through December 2 (Week 5) for the 32 states using HealthCare.gov and through November 25 (Week 4) for the 18 states and the District of Columbia with State-based Marketplaces (SBMs).

Total plan selections include more than 1.6 million people (23% of total) who are new to the Marketplaces for 2024, and 5.7 million people (77% of total) who have active 2023 coverage and returned to their respective Marketplaces to renew their coverage or select a new plan for 2024.

“On top of last year’s record numbers, enrollment for Marketplace health insurance at HealthCare.gov is again exceeding expectations,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra.

The 2024 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period runs from Nov. 1, 2023, to Jan. 15, 2024, for states using the HealthCare.gov platform. Consumers who enroll by midnight on December 15 can get full-year coverage that starts January 1, 2024. State-based Marketplace enrollment deadlines vary. State-specific deadlines and other information are available in the State-based Marketplace Open Enrollment Fact Sheet.

“I’m thrilled to see that more than 7 million people have signed up for Marketplace coverage nationwide since open enrollment began. The ACA Marketplace continues to grow. The continued increase in enrollment is confirmation that the need for affordable, quality health care coverage is strong,” CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said.

On LinkedIn, HealthSherpa CEO George Kalogeropoulos said on Dec. 4 that HealthSherpa has now enrolled 4 million people this Open Enrollment, with 25% of them new to the ACA. “We estimate HealthSherpa has submitted double the active enrollment and almost 3x the new-to-ACA enrollment than HealthCare.gov itself,” Kalogeropoulos said.

The Biden-Harris Administration continues to issue Navigator Awards, allowing organizations to hire staff who are trained to help consumers find affordable, comprehensive health coverage. Navigators, as they are known, have been key to helping consumers in every Marketplace state.




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