Texans Enrolling for Obamacare Health Plans Increase by 2.5%

Last modified: December 24, 2019

Compared to last year, Texas saw an increase in the number of people signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), popularly known as Obamacare. The increase happened despite the fact that Texas had a lead role in dismantling the federal health program.

Statewide, the number of people who enrolled for Obamacare totaled nearly 1.12 million during the sign-up period for the 2020 health coverage. This is based on the data from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Last year, there were 1.09 million people who signed up for insurance and this could be translated to a 2.5% increase in enrollment rates. 

On the other hand, the enrollment rate saw a decline nationwide (slipped about 1.7%), especially so in areas that used the Healthcare.gov marketplace. Despite this, the health leaders called these figures stable. The data for county-level enrollment is yet to be released but healthcare advocates claimed that the demand for 2020 insurance coverage under Obamacare was pretty solid. 

According to the CEO of Sendero Health Plans, Wesley Durkalski, the open enrollment rate was high considering that they had about 14,000 Texans who enrolled in their ACA-compliant healthcare plans last year. Although 2019 results are still being calculated, it appears that they had more members than when they started, Durkalski said. 

Meanwhile, US Representative, Lloyd Doggett, perceived that ACA was a bruised system but not totally broken. However, he said that he was glad to see the growing demand for available healthcare protections. 

Despite this, Republican leaders in Texas continue to work on abolishing the law. Doggett criticized these leaders particularly because Texas had the strongest efforts to undermine ACA even though the state has the highest rate of people without coverage, making it the uninsured capital of America. Doggett added that the law wasn’t perfect, but instead of overturning it, leaders should find a way to fix it. 

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