The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reported approximately 12 million consumers selected or were automatically re-enrolled in Marketplace plans during the 2021 Open Enrollment Period, an increase of about 600,000 plan selections from the same time last year.
Twenty-one percent of plan selections were made by consumers new to the Marketplaces (compared to 25% last year). An accompanying set of Public Use Files (PUFs) shows that 1.86 million consumers selected a Stand-alone Dental Plan (SADP), which includes 1.21 million from Marketplaces using healthcare.gov and 650,053 from State-Based Marketplaces (SBMs).
HHS opened a Special Enrollment Period (SEP) in response to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency from Feb. 15 to Aug. 15, 2021, so these numbers may increase. More than 500,000 Americans have signed up for Marketplace coverage through HealthCare.gov during the SEP.
Contact Senior Government Relations Analyst Owen Urech for more information.