66,000 Mainers enroll in first year of state health insurance marketplace


Greater than 66,000 Mainers have enrolled within the state’s new medical insurance market, a rise of greater than 10 % from the earlier yr when a federal well being care program was in use, the Mills administration introduced Tuesday.

Maine now has its personal web site for residents who need insurance coverage via the Reasonably priced Care Act.

The state in a information launch stated that 66,095 folks chosen plans for reasonably priced medical insurance at CoverME.gov. Open enrollment, which started on Nov. 1 ended Jan. 15.

Greater than 80 % of Mainers enrolled in 2022 well being care plans via CoverME.gov are receiving monetary help within the type of superior premium tax credit, with the typical month-to-month value of $179.

“I’m proud that Maine’s new state-based market has helped contribute to a ten % improve in shoppers selecting plans,” Gov. Janet Mills stated in an announcement. ‘This nice information is additional proof that working our personal market results in reasonably priced, high-quality protection for extra Maine folks. At a time when medical insurance is extra essential than ever earlier than, I’m so glad that CoverME.gov was capable of put Maine within the driver’s seat and provides Maine folks extra management over their medical insurance choices.”

CoverME.gov permits a state resident to purchase Reasonably priced Care Act insurance coverage for 2022 via a new state web site reasonably than the federal authorities’s healthcare.gov web site, the place Maine folks have purchased so-called Obamacare insurance coverage since 2014. A complete of 15 states, together with all of New England besides New Hampshire, have been utilizing state-based marketplaces reasonably than the federal model.

“We’ve recognized for some time that making a well being protection portal tailor-made to Maine’s wants can be essential in getting extra folks signed up. The numbers we’ve seen clearly present that effort to create a state-based system has paid off,” stated Sen. Heather Sanborn, D-Portland, who serves as chair of the Well being Protection, Insurance coverage and Monetary Companies Committee.

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