New Data: More than 1.3 Million Texans Got Covered During Affordable Care Act’s Third Open Enrollment Period

February 4, 2016

New HHS data shows Texans eager to enroll in quality, affordable coverage through the Affordable Care Act.

AUSTIN, TEXAS – Today, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced that more than 1.3 million Texans enrolled in health coverage through the Affordable Care Act during the third open enrollment period of the Affordable Care Act, which ended on January 31, 2016.

“Today’s announcement from HHS shows what we’ve been seeing in communities across Texas – consumers are hungry for affordable health coverage and jumped at the opportunity to protect themselves and their family,” said Mimi Garcia, Texas State Director for Enroll America. “And of the 1,306,208 Texans that enrolled or reenrolled in coverage, we know the vast majority of them received financial help to lower the monthly premiums and make their plan truly affordable. Despite these encouraging statistics, we know that there is more work to be done across the Lone Star State to continue educating Texans about their coverage options.”

During the third open enrollment period, Enroll America and its partners in Texas worked together in the final weeks to help Texans get covered. Eight out of 10 of the fastest growing markets between Week 12 and Week 13 are in Texas: Corpus Christ (17 percent); Harlingen (16 percent); Laredo (16 percent); El Paso (14 percent); Odessa-Midland (14 percent); San Antonio (14 percent); Abilene-Sweetwater (13 percent); and Lubbock (12 percent).

In fact, during the third open enrollment period alone, Enroll America and its partners offered consumers nearly 600,000 free appointments through the digital Get Covered Connector to meet with enrollment assisters across Texas that could sit down with them, answer their questions, and help them through the enrollment process.

With the open enrollment period now closed, Enroll America and its partners will continue to educate Texans on their health care options and also help those who qualify for special enrollment periods get the coverage they need.

Uninsured Texans who did not take action before the January 31 enrollment deadline will likely face a fine of at least $695, on top of having to pay out-of-pocket for treatment during 2016.

Though the marketplace enrollment period has ended, uninsured Texans who experience a qualifying life event such as having a child, losing job-based coverage, or getting married may be able to enroll in coverage before the next open enrollment period begins. Enrollment in Medicaid is also year round, so qualifying Texans can enroll in Medicaid today.

If any Texan has questions about their coverage or wants to learn more about their current enrollment options, they can schedule a free appointment with an enrollment expert in their community by using the Get Covered Connector.

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