Jun 26, 2020 - Health

ACA enrollment up 46% due to coronavirus job losses

A man signs up for health coverage at a table with the help of another person at a computer.

More people are signing up for ACA coverage due to coronavirus layoffs. Photo: Joe Raedle/Getty Images

The number of people who lost jobs and related health coverage and then signed up for Affordable Care Act health plans on the federal website was up 46% this year compared with 2019, representing an increase of 154,000 people, the federal government said in a new report.

The bottom line: The rush of people going to HealthCare.gov was tied to "job losses due to COVID-19," the government said.

Yes, but: Medicaid enrollment due to coronavirus-related job losses appears to be growing even faster than enrollment in ACA plans, according to the Georgetown University Health Policy Institute.

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