Health Outreach Manager
Enrollment in the Affordable Care Act’s (ACA) federally run health insurance marketplace remained strong for 2019, new data show, indicating that the marketplace continues to offer affordable, qualify coverage that meets people’s needs. Overall, 8.5 million people enrolled in coverage compared to 8.8 million in 2018. But the number of new enrollees — as opposed to returning enrollees — fell 15 percent from last year, a troubling sign that Trump Administration and congressional actions are taking a toll and may hurt the marketplace and health coverage more over time.
Some of the challenges that may have dampened enrollment include:
Adding to the confusion, the day before open enrollment ended, a federal judge in Texas issued an opinion striking down the ACA. The Administration has affirmed that the ACA remains the law of the land pending appeal, and even some of the ACA’s most committed opponents predict that a higher court will overturn the decision. Nonetheless, it may well have discouraged some consumers from enrolling.