Illinois Department of Insurance announces ACA Marketplace enrollment nearly doubled during the 2021 Special Enrollment Period compared to the same period last year
April 9, 2021 Chicago - Illinoisans are signing up for ACA Health Insurance Marketplace plans at nearly twice the rate of this time last year, according to federal CMS numbers released this week. Nearly 15,000 Illinois consumers purchased and enrolled in health plans since February, when President Biden signed an executive order to open the ACA Marketplace for a new Special Enrollment in response to COVID-19. Unlike other SEPs, consumers are not required to provide proof of a qualifying life event, such as getting married, having a baby, or losing job-based coverage to enroll.
The SEP in response to COVID-19 runs through August 15, 2021. Since the federal marketplace opened, from February 15 - March 31, 2021, the number of new plan selections in Illinois is 14,496 compared to 7,757 during the same period in 2020 and 7,459 in 2019.