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 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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