COVID-19 Pandemic Could Shift Millions of People Into Individual Market

Under a scenario in which 25 million people lose their employer-sponsored insurance (ESI), enrollment in Affordable Care Act marketplace coverage or other private plans could increase by 6 million, according to a May analysis published by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Urban Institute. States that have not expanded Medicaid will see more people become uninsured if they lose their ESI coverage. Another analysis by the A2 Strategy Group projected that individual market enrollment could more than double, reaching 26 million, if unemployment reaches 19% and no additional states expand Medicaid.

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Jinghong Chen

Jinghong Chen Reporter

Jinghong has been producing infographics and data stories on employer-sponsored insurance, public health insurance programs and prescription drug coverage for AIS Health’s Health Plan Weekly and Radar on Drug Benefits since 2018. She also manages AIS Health’s annual executive compensation database for top insurers and Blue Cross and Blue Shield affiliates. Before joining AIS Health, she interned at WBEZ, Al Jazeera English and The New York Times Chinese. She graduated from Missouri School of Journalism with a focus on data journalism and international reporting.

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