Texas Sees Jump In ACA Health Insurance Enrollments

Jul 19, 2021

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TEXAS ACA ENROLLMENT NUMBERS – About one and a half million  Texans are now getting health insurance  through  HealthCare.gov. It's one of the biggest enrollment numbers through the Affordable Care Act  Texas  has seen in years  AND enrollment is still open because of the pandemic.

The Biden administration created a special enrollment period for the online health insurance marketplace that ends in mid-August.   Combined with an uptick in signups during the regular enrollment period last winter -- Stacey Pogue with the policy think tank Every Texan says Texas now has a lot more people signed up for these health plans than in the past several years.  

"Texas saw the largest increase in enrollment compared to any other state," Stacey Pogue, Senior Policy Analyst, Health & Wellness Team -EveryTexan.org

"Texas saw the largest increase in enrollment compared to any other state. Our enrollment year over year increased about 15 or 16 percent," Pogue explained.  "So there is no question that during COVID, during the pandemic, going into 2021, there was a huge demand."       

Stacey Pogue, Senior Policy Analyst, Health & Wellness Team / EveryTexan.org
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Plans on HealthCare.gov are also more affordable than they have ever been because of more funding for subsidies from Congress.  Pogue says about half of Texans  who have bought plans recently are paying 10 dollars or less a month for their health plans. And almost everyone qualifies for some level of financial help to pay for their insurance.    New enrollment reports reveal more than two million people have signed up for the ACA health coverage,  of those almost 70,000 have signed up in Arkansas  and 83,000 in Louisiana.