2.8m newly enrolled on Affordable Health Care in 2021
HHS IEA / Washington 15 September:
A new report released today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shows that more than 2.8 million people newly gained access to affordable health care under the Biden-Harris Administration through the 2021 Special Enrollment Period (SEP) on HealthCare.gov and State-based Marketplaces.
With the gains made during the SEP, there are now a record-breaking 12.2 million people enrolled in the Federal and State Marketplaces.Additionally, there is historic enrollment today through Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) with over 82.3 million people relying on these programs as of April 2021.
The American Rescue Plan’s (ARP) expanded premium tax credits reduced premiums, increased savings, and provided consumers access to quality, affordable health care coverage through the Marketplaces:
Over 90% of consumers who enrolled during the SEP saw their premiums reduced due to these tax credits.
Existing consumers saved an average of $67 per consumer, per month, in premium savings.
48% of new HealthCare.gov consumers received a monthly premium of $10 or less after tax credits.
The median deductible for new HealthCare.gov consumers fell by over 90%.
“There has never been a more critical time to ensure quality health coverage for all Americans.” said Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Thanks to the Special Enrollment Period, we were able to help a record-breaking number of people across the country get covered, including those in rural and underserved communities. No one should have to lose their life savings to gain life-saving care.”
For more information, please see the materials below:
Marvin Figueroa, Director
Office of Intergovernmental and External Affairs
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services