Private Coverage And Public Programs Are Working Together To Serve American Patients
WASHINGTON – During this critical time, when Americans are depending on our health care system, the nation’s leading doctors, nurses, clinicians, hospitals, health insurance providers, biopharmaceutical companies and employers are committed to working together to defeat and overcome the COVID-19 crisis.
Today, hundreds of millions of Americans have access to health care plans that cover essential benefits – like preventive care, prescription drugs and emergency services – regardless of pre-existing conditions.
According to a new Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) analysis, “relatively few Americans have lost job-based health insurance amid the economic chaos of the pandemic – and that many who did likely found a safety net in coverage through Medicaid or the Affordable Care Act’s individual market.” The analysis adds, “Medicaid enrollment grew by more than four million people nationally from February through July, data show.”
Further, POLITICO reports, “[s]ign-ups for Obamacare plans neared 1 million people last week, with total enrollments well ahead of last year’s pace.”
The more than 915,000 Americans who chose a HealthCare.gov plan during that period included over 256,000 new customers, with daily sign-ups growing by about 14 percent over the prior year. Overall, 3.8 million people are enrolled through HealthCare.gov — with the final week of open enrollment likely to see a major increase ahead of the Dec. 15 deadline.
During this critical time, let’s build on and improve what’s working where private coverage, Medicare, and Medicaid work together to expand access to coverage and care – not start over.