October 30, 2021

Florida could set record for Affordable Care Act insurance enrollment in 2022

Christopher O'Donnell writes:

"At times, it seemed like the Affordable Care Act was on life support during Donald Trump’s four years in the White House.

The federal health insurance program was saved from being repealed by the defection of three Republican senators in a dramatic 2017 vote. That same year, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services shortened the signup window for consumers to six weeks, slashed the program’s marketing budget by $90 million and cut $25 million from the funding for so-called navigators, who help people pick and enroll in insurance plans.


Florida led the nation with a record high 2.1 million residents enrolled in federal health care marketplace plans in 2021. The increase in funding will make it easier to reach and enroll people from the state’s rural areas and minority communities, said Anne Swerlick, senior policy analyst and attorney at the Florida Policy Institute [emphasis added], a non-partisan nonprofit based in Tallahassee.

'I anticipate that enrollment will be at least comparable to last year and likely more because of increased navigator resources to reach some of the hard-to-reach communities that have been left out in the past,' she said."


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