CMS: Federal Exchange Enrollment Reached 8.5M as of Dec. 26, 2015
The enrollment figure accounts for signups through Dec. 26, 2015 (CMS fact sheet, 12/30/15).
The Affordable Care Act's third open enrollment period launched Nov. 1, 2015 (California Healthline, 12/23/15). It ends Jan. 31 (The Hill, 12/30/15).
The Obama administration has estimated that about 10 million U.S. residents will be enrolled in health coverage purchased through the ACA's exchanges by the end of 2016 (California Healthline, 12/23/15).
Federal exchange signups increased from about 8.3 million as of Dec. 19, 2015, to about 8.5 million as of Dec. 26, 2015 (The Hill, 12/30/15).
According to CMS, about 27% of the 274,659 enrollees in week eight of the open enrollment period signed up for federal exchange coverage for the first time. In comparison, 29% of the 8.5 million consumers during the entire enrollment period so far have been new, while 71% have renewed coverage (CMS fact sheet, 12/30/15).
According to the administration, about 60% of existing customers actively renewed their coverage, as opposed to being automatically re-enrolled (The Hill, 12/30/15). Of the six million consumers who renewed coverage:
- 3.6 million did so actively; and
- 2.4 million had their coverage automatically renewed (CMS fact sheet, 12/30/15).
HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said, "As 2015 comes to an end, I am encouraged to see marketplace consumers showing how engaged they are with their health coverage," noting, "Millions of consumers that had 2015 coverage -- an impressive 60% -- came back to HealthCare.gov to update their information, explore the options available for 2016 and select the plan that best fits their needs" (The Hill, 12/30/15).This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.