Covered California enrollment decreased by 2 percent
According to figures released by Covered California last month, about 1.5 million Californians signed up for insurance through the state marketplace Covered California during the three-month open-enrollment period that ended January 31. The enrollment numbers decreased by 2 percent compared with the previous year. This means that not that many people were deterred from signing up despite the confusion after the Affordable Care Act was overturned and then repealed. Aristeo Alvarez, who is 42 and works at a small jewelry and cell phone store in San Jose while driving part time for Uber, told the Los Angeles Times the following,
It’s good for people that work and can’t really afford the full cost of insurance.
California happens to be one of 11 states, along with the District of Columbia, that run their own health insurance exchanges, which means managing their own marketing budget and negotiating rates with health insurers separate from the federal government, which operates the Healthcare.gov platform. In the 34 states that rely solely on Healthcare.gov, enrollment fell 5 percent compared with last year, from 8.8 million to 8.3 million people. Part of the decrease in these states could be attributed to the fact that there was a $90 million cut in advertising and promotion spending by the Trump administration. It is going to be interesting to see if the enrollment numbers continue to increase the next enrollment period or if it will increase.