ACA: Enrollment Passes 8 Million, Uninsured Rate Lowest Since 2008

The Obama administration announced last month that enrollments in the ACA exchanges topped eight million.

As of April 19, 8.019 million people had signed up for Obamacare plans – an impressive national average despite a large disparity between individual state enrollments. Some states missed their enrollment targets by a wide margin, while others more than doubled their goal.

In addition to marketplace policies, 4.8 million consumers enrolled in Medicaid plans in their states between October 1 and April 19, and nearly five million consumers purchased policies outside the exchanges. Altogether, the administration estimates that up to 18 million consumers have purchased new healthcare policies during the six-month enrollment period measured.

While some consumers may have been previously insured, a majority of marketplace users who requested subsidies self-reported that they did not have insurance when they applied. Further evidence is in the numbers: a Gallup poll reports that the uninsured rate by the end of the first quarter is down to 13.4 percent, the lowest level since the recession began in 2008 and down from 17.3 percent in January.

Health care executives presented preliminary payment information to the House Energy and Commerce oversight subcommittee last week that shows between 80 and 90 percent of new premiums are paid, well above the 67 percent reported by members of the same committee the week prior.

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