Over 1 Million Take Part in Open Enrollment So Far


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The latest Open Enrollment phase for the Marketplace kicked off on November 1. It had been anticipated that many would take advantage of the period to sign up for health insurance. In weeks one and two of this year’s Open Enrollment, more than 1 million people signed up for coverage, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) report. This represents an increase of over 69,000 from last year’s Open Enrollment during the same time period.

“We are all in for this Open Enrollment and excited that over 1 million people have already signed up for 2017 coverage through HealthCare.gov,” said Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell in a statement. “The American people are demonstrating how much they continue to want and need the coverage the Marketplace offers, and we are encouraging all Americans who need health insurance for 2017 to visit HealthCare.gov or their state Marketplace and check out their options.”

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Latinos have been one of the groups that have benefited the most from the passing of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In 2015, an estimated 8 in 10 uninsured Latinos qualified for Medicaid, the Children’s Health Insurance Plan (CHIP), or lower costs on monthly premiums through the Health Insurance Marketplace. Since the passing of the ACA, 4.2 million Latinos have gained health insurance coverage, lowering the uninsured rate among Latinos by 7.7%.

“Most consumers can find a plan for $75 or less per month, and consumers should enroll by December 15 for coverage that starts January 1,” Burwell said.

Read more about Open Enrollment here.

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