Coverage Is Here! Sign-Ups Surged Just Before December Deadline

By William Tomasko

When the ball dropped in Times Square, coverage began across the country. Starting on January 1, health insurance plans officially kicked in for consumers who had signed up for coverage by their state’s December deadline.

More than six million Americans have picked a new plan through their state’s Health Insurance Marketplace or have been found eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) since the beginning of open enrollment, with the enrollment numbers picking up just before the cut-off point to get covered starting January 1. According to a New Year’s Eve blog post from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), “Nationwide, including state and federal marketplaces, December enrollment…is nearly 6 times that of October and November combined.” Out of the six million, around 2.1 million signed up for a private health insurance plan through their state’s Marketplace, and 3.9 million were determined to be eligible for Medicaid or CHIP.

And with millions of Americans enrolled in new insurance plans, it’s going to be crucial to make sure newly insured consumers have the information they need to take full advantage of their benefits and protections. HHS has released a set of new fact sheets for consumers to help them navigate the system:

HHS also released a few tips and tools for assisters:

We’re thrilled so many consumers now have the security of being covered. And remember, millions more have the opportunity to enroll in coverage between now and March 31 — here’s to helping as many more as possible get covered in the remaining months of open enrollment!

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