Despite the many political attacks on the Affordable Care Act (ACA), POLITICO reported that enrollment rose significantly — potentially matching last year's figures in "Nearly 9 million enroll in HealthCare.gov, surpassing expectations."
While the high enrollment was a boost for advocates and defied opponents' arguments against the ACA, L.A. Care CEO John Baackes cautioned that the elimination of the tax penalties associated with the individual mandate could have an impact on this year's numbers.
“What’s unknown is whether it will affect this current enrollment period,” said John Baackes, CEO of L.A. Care Health Plan, citing the possibility that even customers who have signed up for 2018 coverage might stop paying premiums now that they know the mandate is going away. “I think it throws the whole thing in jeopardy.”
Thirty-nine states used HealthCare.gov for their 2018 open enrollment period, which closed December 15. Covered California, however, offers open enrollment until January 31, 2018.
Learn more about the Covered California open enrollment period and options available through L.A. Care Covered.
About L.A. Care Health Plan
L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving residents of Los Angeles County through a variety of health coverage programs including L.A. Care Covered™, Medi-Cal, L.A. Care Cal MediConnect Plan and PASC-SEIU Homecare Workers Health Care Plan. L.A. Care is a leader in developing new programs through innovative partnerships designed to provide health coverage to vulnerable populations and to support the safety net. With more than 2 million members, L.A. Care is the nation’s largest publicly operated health plan.