Nearly 9 Million People Could Benefit From Broadened ACA Enrollment Period

by Jinghong Chen

President Joe Biden on Jan. 28 signed an executive order to reopen the federal health exchange from Feb.15 through May 15. During that special enrollment period, 4 million uninsured people will be eligible for a zero-premium bronze plan on HealthCare.gov, and another 4.9 million could get subsidies to cover part of a health plan, according to a recent analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation. Compared to the general non-elderly population, these subsidy-eligible uninsured individuals are more likely to be young adults, high-school educated and working in industries such as construction, arts, entertainment and recreation. Approximately 8.3 million people selected or were automatically reenrolled in health plans for 2021 on HealthCare.gov as of the Dec. 15 deadline, according to CMS.

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Jinghong Chen

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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