Health officials said Monday that almost 14 million people have so far signed up for medical coverage in 2022 through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) before this week’s deadline.
The Health and Human Services Department said the current open enrollment period has outpaced signups in 2020 by 21%. The tallies come from 33 states using HealthCare.gov.
“President [Joe] Biden promised to build on the Affordable Care Act and bring down the cost of health care, and these record numbers are proof that we delivered,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
Officials said 4.6 million new enrollees gained coverage through the ACA in 2021.
“Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, more Americans across the country are gaining affordable health coverage than ever before, especially when we most need it during this pandemic,” Becerra added. “We will continue to reach out and get people covered until the very last minute of the January 15th final deadline.”
“As we ring in the New Year, we see that this open enrollment period continues to be like no other, with a record-setting number of people gaining health insurance through federal and state marketplaces,” Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said in a statement.
“For 13.8 million people, quality, affordable health insurance coverage is now a reality,” Brooks-LaSure continued. “The American Rescue Plan helped lower health care premiums, resulting in record-setting savings for millions of people across the country. For those who need affordable health care coverage, there is still time to enroll. If you enroll in a plan at HealthCare.gov by January 15, your coverage can start on February 1.”
Consumers still have time to enroll. The Biden-Harris Administration extended this year’s HealthCare.gov Open Enrollment Period until January 15, 2022, for coverage starting on February 1, 2022, to give an extra month to sign up for affordable and comprehensive coverage.
Consumers can enroll by visiting HealthCare.gov and CuidadoDeSalud.gov or calling 1-800-318-2596 to fill out an application.