Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) shared some good news before the holidays — announcing that 8.2 million Americans had selected and were auto-renewed in 2016 coverage through HealthCare.gov.
To put this in perspective, that’s an increase of 29 percent over 6.4 million at the same time last year. The 8.2 million figure includes about 2.4 million new consumers and 3.6 million people who actively renewed their coverage, also up significantly from last year. It does not include enrollment in the 13 states that run their own state-based marketplaces.
More good news from yesterday’s update: Enrollment among individuals under 35 is now at 2.1 million, almost doubling their enrollment compared to last year at this time. Setting a new record, people under 35 now make up over one-third of all HealthCare.gov enrollees (35 percent). This is especially important since it signals positive trends for young adult enrollment in 2016, a group that made huge gains in coverage rates in 2014 but had a slight downtick in 2015 and has been a particular focus for outreach efforts this open enrollment period.
While 8.2 million is a great start, there’s still lots of work to do over the next five and half weeks of open enrollment — and some great events coming up in the new year!
Find out how you team up with us for the Latino Week of Action during the week of January 4, National Provider and Hospital Week of Action the week of January 18, National Youth Enrollment Day on January 21, and other outreach in your community!