Senior Policy Analyst
December 15 marked the end of the open enrollment period in the 39 states using HealthCare.gov, and within the next few days the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will likely release an update detailing how many people selected plans during that period. Here’s what you need to know when comparing this week’s report to enrollment for 2017:
Going into the 2018 open enrollment period, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) marketplaces faced headwinds from the Trump Administration: a 90 percent cut in consumer outreach, a 40 percent funding cut for “navigators” (trained consumer assistance providers), and no support from Administration staff to promote awareness about open enrollment at events. That’s on top of consumer confusion resulting from months of congressional attempts to repeal the ACA and a far shorter open enrollment period than in previous years. Despite these challenges, enrollment so far this year has been strong. Consumers clearly continue to value the opportunity to obtain health coverage in the marketplaces.