A total of 939,575 people selected a 2021 health plan through the federally facilitated marketplace between Feb. 15 and April 30 during the special enrollment period created in response to the COVID-19 emergency, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services reported today. The total includes selections in the 36 states that use the federally facilitated marketplace.

On April 1, the American Rescue Plan Act made more people eligible for marketplace subsidies and increased the amount of the subsidies. According to the Department of Health and Human Services, the average monthly premium for people enrolling in April fell by over 25% and the median deductible fell almost 90%, as consumers used their increased tax credits to choose plans with lower out-of-pocket costs.

For resources to help promote the SEP, which runs through Aug. 15, see the Get Covered 2021 digital toolkit. AHA is a member of the non-partisan Get Covered 2021 coalition, which works to prevent COVID-19 transmission and expand coverage.

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