HHS: Marketplace enrollment climbs 47% to 8 million in March/April

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Nearly 3.8 million people selected a private health plan through state or federally-facilitated health insurance marketplaces between March 2 and April 19, bringing the total since October to about 8 million, the Department of Health and Human Services reported today. The latest numbers show a 47% increase in total enrollees and a 52% increase in young adult enrollees between March 2 and April 19. The figures include people who have not yet paid their first month’s premium. The agency gave consumers who were “in line” but unable to complete enrollment by the March 31 deadline for open enrollment until April 15 to complete the process. The report shows enrollments by state, metal level, age, gender and race/ethnicity. About 34% of enrollees are children or adults under age 35. More than six in 10 people selected a silver plan and two in 10 a bronze plan. About 85% of people who selected a plan qualified for federal financial assistance in paying their premiums. In addition to private plan enrollments, more than 4.8 million additional people enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program since the Marketplace opened last October, HHS said.

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