By mid-December, with a month left in the open enrollment period, enrollment for health coverage through Healthcare.gov and state-based marketplaces had already reached a record high. According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), 13.6 million people enrolled in Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance coverage for 2022 by mid-December.
According to CMS, the 2022 plan year has the most participating issuers, with 213 issuers offering coverage through HealthCare.gov, an increase of 32 issuers compared to the 2021 plan year. CMS reports that the average consumer now has between six and seven issuers to choose from, up from four to five issuers in 2021.
Open enrollment has been extended by a month this year, lasting until January 15, 2022, for coverage starting on February 1, 2022.
In December, the Kaiser Family Foundation also released a useful issue brief on how the premiums for plans purchased through marketplaces are changing for 2022.
January 6, 2022 – K. Kertesz