ACA Exchange Enrollment Was Up Even Before Pandemic SEP

Over 12 million people selected or were automatically reenrolled in health plans during the 2021 open enrollment period for Affordable Care Act exchange plans — which ended Dec. 15. — representing a 5% increase from 11.4 million sign-ups for the 2020 plan year, according to CMS. Texas, Hawaii, Mississippi, Georgia and Florida saw more than 10% increases. In addition, as of March 31 more than 528,000 people signed up for health insurance during the current special enrollment period related to the pandemic, which lasts through Aug. 15.

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Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong produces infographics and data stories on health insurance and specialty pharmacy for AIS Health. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting. Before joining AIS in 2018, she worked at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese.

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