About 15.9 million people have selected an Affordable Care Act (ACA) Marketplace health plan nationwide since the start of the 2023 Marketplace Open Enrollment Period (OEP) on November 1, according to a release today from the Department of Health and Human Services.
This record-breaking enrollment represents a 13% increase over last year (about 1.8 million more people), including over 3 million people new to the Marketplaces. Open enrollment continues through January 15.
The figures represent activity through January 7, 2023 (Week 10) for the 33 Marketplaces using HealthCare.gov and through December 31, 2022 (Week 9) for the 18 State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) in 17 states and the District of Columbia that are using their own eligibility and enrollment platforms.
Total plan selections include 3.1 million people (20% of total) who are new to the Marketplaces for 2023, and 12.8 million people (80% of total) who had active 2022 coverage and made a plan selection for 2023 coverage or were automatically re-enrolled.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has made expanding access to health insurance a key priority, and we are thrilled to see so many Americans enrolling in Affordable Care Act plans this year,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, who went on to say that four out of five HealthCare.gov enrollees can find coverage for $10 or less.
“We continue to see historic enrollment numbers due to increased financial assistance from the Inflation Reduction Act and new eligibility for families, but we’re not done yet,” said CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure. “The Marketplace Open Enrollment Period isn’t over yet. There is still time to enroll or find a new plan for yourself or your family. I encourage all those looking for affordable, quality health care, or interested in exploring their options, to visit HealthCare.gov before the final deadline on January 15.”
People generally need to submit an application and choose a plan by January 15 for their coverage to start February 1. State-based Marketplace enrollment deadlines vary and may be longer than the HealthCare.gov deadlines. State-specific deadlines and other information are available in the State-based Marketplace Open Enrollment Fact Sheet – PDF.