CMS’ final report on coverage under the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) shows that approximately 11.8 million consumers enrolled in the health insurance marketplace.
More specifically roughly 11.8 million enrolled or were automatically re-enrolled in an Exchange plan in the 50 states, plus DC.
The 11.8 million number includes 8.7 million consumers in the 39 states using Healthcare.gov and 3 million consumers in State-based Exchanges. The number does not include Medicaid, CHIP, children staying on their parents plan until 26, or employees who got covered. In other words, 11.8 million were covered on the exchange, and many more via other programs expanded by the ACA (where the grand total is very roughly 20 million +; this isn’t in the report, but it is worth clarifying).
This is actually a slight increase from the previously reported 10.3 million and only a slight decrease from the 12.2 million from 2016.
This helps us to understand that demand for coverage and cost assistance is still strong despite the decreasing amount of attention paid to the Affordable Care Act in recent years.
See the full CMS report to get more facts and figures on 2017 enrollments: CMS’ final report shows 11.8 million consumers enroll in 2018 Exchange coverage nationwide.