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CMS Report Finds Marketplace Enrollment Down, Emphasizes Need for Continued Outreach

June 16, 2017

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released its health insurance marketplace enrollment snapshot report, which found a decrease in marketplace enrollment from the prior reporting period.

The trend—which may be explained in part by a shorter reporting period as well as by actions of the current administration during the final days of 2017 enrollment season—emphasizes the importance of continued outreach during the open enrollment period and the special enrollment period to get and keep Pennsylvanians signed up for health insurance coverage.

Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems have played a major role in helping the more than 1.1 million Pennsylvanians gain health coverage through the Affordable Care Act (ACA). As a result, Pennsylvanian’s uninsured rate has been cut nearly in half, from 11.7 percent during 2014, to 6.4 percent during 2016.

The report also found that Pennsylvania had the seventh largest enrollment figures for the United States. As of February, Pennsylvania had 363,700 individuals that signed up for health insurance through the Health Insurance Marketplace. More than 301,000 of these Pennsylvanians qualified for advanced premium tax credits to help make premiums more affordable.

HAP and Pennsylvania hospitals and health systems support health insurance coverage for all Pennsylvanians. The ACA provisions have provided better access to high quality health care services and dramatically reducing the uninsured population of Pennsylvania.

HAP continues to provide resources on the effects of the ACA in Pennsylvania on its website.

For more information on the CMS report, contact Phillip M. Burrell, HAP’s director, health market research. For more information on HAP’s advocacy about the ACA, contact Laura Stevens Kent, HAP's vice president, federal advocacy. 

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