State-Based Marketplaces Open for Business

Enrollment is still open in some states and coverage continues across the nation

Washington, DC – On the heels of the Texas federal district court ruling against the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP) convened state health marketplace directors for reaction. They stressed the ACA remains the law of the land, coverage continues without change, and enrollment remains open in 10 states and Washington, DC – which represent nearly 25 percent of the US population.

States that operate their own marketplaces face not just the implications of the recent court action, but also confront the headwinds of federal policy changes that weaken the individual market and have been predicted to affect enrollment. States have tailored their operations to respond, ensuring their consumers continue to have reliable and available coverage.

Kevin Patterson, chief executive officer of Connect for Health Colorado, said, “Consumers need to know we have their backs – coverage continues.”

In Maryland and other states, officials report higher than expected enrollment on Saturday, following the court’s Friday night announcement. “Consumers want affordable health coverage and states are working hard to cut through the confusion and help them find it,” said Michele Eberle, executive director of the Maryland Health Benefit Exchange, “and our early enrollment figures are encouraging.”

Covered California Executive Director Peter Lee said, “We’ve extended the deadline for Jan. 1, 2019, coverage until this Friday (Dec. 21, 2018) amid a surge in enrollment last week as well as confusion resulting from the Texas District Court ruling. Insurance has to be sold,” he said, “which is why we will continue promoting enrollment with robust marketing and outreach efforts well into the New Year.”

In Massachusetts, which has required its adult residents to carry comprehensive coverage for a decade, Massachusetts Health Connector Executive Director Louis Gutierrez observed, “Massachusetts is proud of its progress in health care to ensure nearly universal coverage, and our busy open enrollment so far is proof that our residents continue to seek out access to affordable coverage. The Massachusetts Health Connector remains open for business, with open enrollment running through Jan. 23, 2019, to ensure everyone who wants insurance has the opportunity to enroll in coverage.”

In Connecticut, James Michel, Access Health CT chief executive officer, added, “We want to let Connecticut residents know that the Texas ruling does not affect their ability to sign up for and use 2019 health insurance plans through Access Health CT. We are continuing to focus on helping people get the right plan for them and their families, and are extending the open enrollment period until Jan. 15, 2019.”

Final enrollment figures for 2019 are expected to be announced in February, after all states’ open enrollment deadlines have passed. States with extended enrollment deadlines include:

Washington State                   Dec. 20, 2018
Vermont                                  Dec. 21, 2018
Rhode Island                           Dec. 31, 2018
Minnesota                               Jan. 13, 2019
California                                Jan. 15, 2019
Colorado                                 Jan. 15, 2019
Connecticut                             Jan. 15, 2019
Massachusetts                        Jan. 23, 2019
Washington, DC                      Jan. 31, 2019
New York                                 Jan. 31, 2019

For press inquiries please contact Jennifer Laudano, jlaudano@nashp.org or 703-728-0406

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