The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation has released detailed data about enrollment in health care insurance plans through the federally-facilitated and state-based health insurance marketplace established by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) from October 2013 to March 2014.
8,019,763 people selected marketplace plans from October 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014, (including additional Special Enrollment Period activity through April 19th). Over 5.4 million enrolled through the federally-facilitated marketplace and nearly 2.6 million signed up through the state-based marketplaces. 85% of those enrolling were eligible for and used the financial assistance available to help them pay their monthly health insurance premiums.
69& of the 8 million who used the marketplaces self-reported their race and ethnicity as follows: 62.9% White, 16.7% African American, 10.7% Latino, 7.9% Asian, 0.3% American Indian/Alaska Native, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, and 1.3% reporting more than one race. 31% either did not report their race and ethnicity or reported them as “other”.
In addition, the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services reports that 4.8 million individuals enrolled in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program since October 2013, especially in the states that expanded Medicaid under the ACA.
Enrollment data for each state is also available on the Office of Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation website.