10.3 million gained health coverage during the Marketplace’s first annual open enrollment
A new study released by the Health and Human Services estimates that 10.3 million uninsured adults gained health care coverage following the first open enrollment period in the Health Insurance Marketplace. The study examines trends in insurance before and after the open enrollment period and finds greater gains among those states that expanded their Medicaid programs under the Affordable Care Act.
“We are committed to providing every American with access to quality, affordable health services and this study reaffirms that the Affordable Care Act has set us on a path toward achieving that goal,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “This study also reaffirms that expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act is important for coverage, as well as a good deal for states. To date, 26 states plus D.C. have moved forward with Medicaid expansion. We’re hopeful remaining states will come on board and we look forward to working closely with them.”