|AUSTIN, January 15 - We’re thrilled that after a rocky start, more than 6 million Americans—including 118,532 Texans—have now enrolled in Marketplace or Medicaid or CHIP coverage since October 1.
These Texans now have the peace of mind and security of health care, knowing that they’re not one broken bone or unexpected illness away from bankruptcy.
But our work is far from over. There are still many uninsured people here in Texas and across the country who don’t yet know about their new options, or that financial help is available for the first time. What uninsured people need to know is that three out of four Texans who enrolled received financial assistance in purchasing their plan. A poll released just last week found most uninsured Americans don’t yet know that financial help and tax subsidies are available.
When consumers learn about this financial help to assist them in getting coverage that fits their needs and budget, they’re eager to enroll. That’s why we’ve increased our field staffing to help spread the word in communities across the country. In Texas and across the country, the Get Covered America campaign is ready for the challenge – thousands of volunteers have already spoken with tens of thousands of uninsured consumers, and we are ramping up efforts for the second half of the open enrollment period.
Texas had the second-highest enrollment among states using the federal Health Insurance Marketplace, which is online at HealthCare.gov. Of the 118,532 Texans who selected a plan through the Marketplace from October 1st – December 28th, 2013:
74 percent selected a plan with Financial Assistance.
55 percent are female and 45 percent are male;
34 percent are age 34 and under;
26 percent are between the ages of 18 and 34, and;
57 percent selected a Silver plan, while 23 percent selected a Bronze plan; and 20 percent selected either a Gold or Platinum plan.
Texas Get Covered America volunteers and dozens of field staff will continue to raise awareness about the new coverage that’s here and the financial assistance that will help millions. Uninsured Texans who haven’t enrolled owe it to themselves to find out more about this financial help. Texans can enroll in person, over the phone or online at HealthCare.gov, and they can get a quick estimate of health insurance costs at http://getcoveredamerica.org/calculator.
Mimi Garcia is state director of the Get Covered America campaign in Texas.