More than 16.3 million people enrolled in a health plan through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the most recent open enrollment period, marking the highest enrollment since the program was signed into law 10 years ago.
This record number of entries took place between November 1 and January 15 and represents almost 2 million more people than the number who entered the previous year. According to the White House, 3.6 million people, or 22 percent of those who signed up in this enrollment period, were new to the Marketplace.
“Unprecedented investments are leading to unprecedented results,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
“The Biden-Harris administration has made lowering health care costs and expanding access to health insurance a top priority — and these record numbers show we’re delivering results for the American people,” Becerra added. “We will continue to do everything we can to ensure more people have the peace of mind that comes with affordable, high-quality healthcare.”
A White House press release noted that 92 percent of enrollees had options from three or more insurance companies when purchasing plans this year. Four out of five return enrollees could find plans that cost $10 or less after tax credits.
“On the tenth anniversary of the ACA Marketplaces, the numbers speak for themselves: more people signed up for plans this year than ever before, and the uninsured rate is at an all-time low,” Chiquita Brooks-LaSure, administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, said in a statement.
In the previous enrollment period, approximately 14.5 million people enrolled in insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act. The number of individuals signing up for health plans through HealthCare.gov has now grown by nearly 5 million since 2020, when enrollment dropped to about 11.5 million.