Year in Review: 2015 Resource Roundup

By William Tomasko

2015 made history. The uninsured rate fell below 10 percent for the first time on record, we found out that more than 17 million Americans had gained health coverage, and handled unprecedented demand ahead of the deadline for January 1 coverage.

So before we close the books on 2015 and jump into 2016, let’s take a stroll down memory lane.

Here’s a roundup of the top online resources we shared in 2015 — 51 state profiles, 12 reports, seven toolkits, four maps, three issue briefs, three digital tools, two infographics, and a partridge in a pear tree. (There wasn’t actually a partridge in a pear tree.)

51 state profiles

For every state (and the District of Columbia), check out these snapshots and in-depth data tables to see how the uninsured landscape changed after two years of Affordable Care Act enrollment. (Here’s a walk-through of what you can learn from each.)

12 State of Enrollment reports

After the second open enrollment period, our national State of Enrollment report (along with 11 state versions) recapped outreach and enrollment successes and shared specific lessons learned.

Seven toolkits

Whether you’re working on outreach to faith communities, thinking about hosting an event for National Youth Enrollment Day in January, or wondering how your hospital can get involved, or more, there’s a newly updated toolkit for you.

Four interactive maps

County by county, see how the uninsured rate dropped from 2013 to 2015. Find out our data model’s estimate for the 2015 uninsured rate in your county. And zoom in on the number of marketplace plan selections made in each county.

Three issue briefs

A framework for the future of health insurance literacy, findings on the effectiveness of in-person application assistance, and the connections between filing taxes and enrolling in and retaining health coverage — three big topics with three in-depth issue briefs to dig into.

Three digital tools

By using the Get Covered Calculator, Connector, and Plan Explorer, people can:

  • Get quick estimates of how much financial help they’d qualify for to get covered.
  • Find locations (and even schedule appointments) for free in-person enrollment help.
  • Compare total personalized estimated yearly costs for all the marketplace plans in their area.

In short, these tools empower people with facts and resources that make them more likely to get covered and stay covered. Find how you can embed the tools on your site for free.

Two infographics

A picture is worth a thousand words, so here are two thousand words’ worth:



(For more on re-enrollment, check out these posts on what the data is telling us, what the federal guidance says, and who is taking action to re-enroll.)


OE2 Outreach Infographic

And one unchanging mission: helping as many Americans as possible get covered and stay covered under the Affordable Care Act.

Here’s to another year of connecting people to quality, affordable health coverage. We hope you have a happy (and healthy!) holiday season. See you in 2016!

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