Healthcare enrollees on the rise
More than 8.8 million Americans were signed up for 2017 coverage through HealthCare.gov as of January 14, 2017, including 277,132 in New Jersey. This compares to about 8.7 million sign-ups nationally as of January 14 last year, as Americans continue to demonstrate strong demand for 2017 Marketplace coverage.
“With almost 9 million people signed up for 2017 coverage just in HealthCare.gov states, it’s clear that Marketplace coverage is a product Americans want and need,” said Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “Strong demand is especially striking in light of the unique headwinds created by discouraging rhetoric from ACA opponents. More than 40,000 people have contacted our call center expressing concerns about whether they should sign up for coverage, with a sharp uptick in these questions last weekend. My answer is a resounding yes: in fact, I’ll be signing up for Marketplace coverage myself by the end of the month. If New Jerseyans still need coverage for 2017, visit HealthCare.gov before January 31, and join me and millions of other Americans in purchasing affordable, quality coverage.”
Because this year’s Open Enrollment began mid-week, today’s snapshot covers two fewer days than last year’s week 11 snapshot. Nonetheless, plan selections in New Jersey are higher than last year at this time.
Open Enrollment for 2017 coverage through the Health Insurance Marketplace began Nov. 1, 2016, and runs through January 31, 2017. Consumers who enroll by January 31 will have coverage effective March 1. New Jerseyans should visit HealthCare.gov or CuidadodeSalud.gov to review their coverage options, learn about what financial assistance is available, or to sign up or re-enroll in a plan that best meets their needs.
Today’s enrollment snapshot also includes the number of people who selected a plan within top local media markets in New Jersey. As of January 14:
217,225 consumers in the New York/Northern New Jersey market selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in a plan
274,656 consumers in the Pennsylvania market selected a plan or were automatically enrolled in a plan