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Marketplaces Enroll More Than 11.4 Million in Coverage

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reports in a video released by the Obama administration that 11.4 million consumers have enrolled in health insurance in 2015 through the health insurance marketplaces (exchanges). More than 8.6 million consumers have selected or automatically re-enrolled in a plan through healthcare.gov. The website includes federally facilitated, state partnership, and federally supported state-based health insurance marketplaces. Additionally, HHS estimates that 2.8 million people have selected or been automatically re-enrolled in a health insurance plan through the state-based marketplaces. HHS also has reported that as of mid-January, more than 3.3 million people who have submitted applications through the marketplaces have been determined to be eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). This is a slight increase from 2014, which saw an enrollment of 3.2 million Medicaid and CHIP beneficiaries. Open enrollment ended Feb. 15.

HHS also reports that 6.5 million people have enrolled in an insurance plan through the federally facilitated marketplace with the help of premium subsidies. These subsidies are the subject of concern in the King v. Burwell case, set to be heard by the U.S. Supreme Court in June.

Please contact Beth Feldpush, DrPH, senior vice president of policy and advocacy, at bfeldpush@essentialhospitals.org or 202.585.0111 with any questions.

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Matt Buechner is the policy and advocacy associate for America's Essential Hospitals.