According to officials from the United States government, the second full sign-up season under the Affordable Care Act is off to a good start. While officials admit there is still certainly a ways to go for the new health care program to be considered a success, they believe that progress has been encouraging in this year’s enrollment period.
According to Secretary of Health and Human Services Sylvia M. Burwell, approximately 1.9 million new people chose a health care plan as of December 19, with another 4.5 million renewing coverage that they already had for 2014. Most of those 4.5 million automatically re-enrolled in the same plan, while others renewed coverage under a different plan.
These numbers exclude some states, including those like New York and California that handle their own insurance exchanges. The government is set to release a full report on all 50 states any day that will shed even more light into the progress being made for health care enrollment under the Affordable Care Act.
2015 will be an interesting year for health care law in the United States. As the Affordable Care Act continues to expand with new enrollees, there are still legal issues facing the law, including a high-profile Supreme Court case, King v. Burwell. The plaintiffs in that case argue that the Affordable Care Act only allows government subsidies in states that already have established their own markets for insurance.
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Health care attorney Andrea Jevic contributed to this blog post.