Final enrollment numbers for the ACA Health Insurance Marketplace show that more than 54,000 Illinoisans purchased health plans during the Special Enrollment Period in response to COVID-19.
Officials say that’s more than double the number of Illinoisans enrolled in plans during the same six-month period in previous years.
The SEP ran from Feb.15 through Aug. 15, 2021 after President Joe Biden signed an executive order to open the federal marketplace. During that same time period, the number of new plan selections in Illinois was 54,432 compared to 25,272 in 2020 and 22,958 in 2019.
“This record-breaking enrollment is a testament to the need for accessible, affordable healthcare,” Gov. JB Pritzker said in a state news release.
“The number of Illinoisans who enrolled during this Special Enrollment Period shows us that people are taking advantage of the opportunity to purchase affordable health insurance coverage provided through the ACA Marketplace,”said IDOI Acting Director Dana Popish Severinghaus. “They were also able to save more money on monthly premiums, thanks to the American Rescue Plan.”
According to the federal CMS data, 181,823 Illinois consumers who enrolled in a new plan or updated their existing ACA Marketplace plan during the SEP saw a 40 percent reduction in their average monthly premiums due to enhanced tax credits provided by the American Rescue Plan.
“Illinois consumers with an existing or updated ACA Marketplace plan saved an average of $77 per month on premiums,” said Laura Pellikan, executive director of Get Covered Illinois. “We’re looking forward to even more people getting covered during the Open Enrollment period starting in November.”
Until then, consumers experiencing certain life changes such as getting married, having a baby, or losing job-based coverage may qualify for a Qualifying Life Event Special Enrollment Period.
Get Covered Illinois (GCI), a division of the Illinois Department of Insurance, is the official health marketplace or “exchange” for Illinois consumers to purchase quality, affordable health insurance, facilitated by the federal government through the ACA Marketplace.
For more information about ACA Marketplace health plans, visit: www.getcoveredillinois.gov
Illinois consumers purchasing and enrolling in new health plans who did not have an active ACA Marketplace plan as of Feb. 14, 2021 and selected a plan on or after Feb. 15, 2021, that is still active, as of the end of the reporting period.
SOURCE: state of Illinois news release
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