Over 1.8 million people selected a 2021 health plan through the federally facilitated marketplace between Feb. 15 and July 31 during the special enrollment period created in response to the COVID-19 emergency, with an additional 723,000 enrolling through the 15 state-based marketplaces, the Department of Health and Human Services reported today.
On April 1, the American Rescue Plan Act made more people eligible for marketplace subsidies and increased the amount of the subsidies. According to CMS, the average monthly premium fell by 27% and the median deductible dropped by almost 90% for people enrolling since April.
The special enrollment period ends Aug. 15. For resources to promote enrollment, see the Get Covered 2021 digital toolkit. AHA is a member of the Get Covered 2021 coalition, which works to prevent COVID-19 transmission and expand coverage.