About 64K sign up for health coverage during open enrollment

Katherine Ranzenberger, York Dispatch

Nearly 64,000 plans were selected in the York, Harrisburg, Lebanon and Lancaster area during the most recent open enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act.


The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services said 439,238 plans were signed up for in Pennsylvania from Nov. 1 to Feb. 1. Of those plans, 63,932 were in the Harrisburg, Lebanon, Lancaster and York areas.

In 2015, 427,545 plans were signed up for in Pennsylvania. 2016 saw a 2.76 percent increase in enrollment over the previous year. 

“Across the country, about 12.7 million Americans selected affordable, quality health plans for 2016, exceeding our goals,” Sylvia Burwell, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services secretary, said in a press release. “That includes over 4 million new consumers in the HeathCare.gov states who signed up for coverage this year.”

More than 9.6 million people signed up through the HealthCare.gov platform, according to the 2016 report. About 3.1 million signed up through state-based marketplaces.

About 1.7 million people were automatically enrolled by the marketplace and 3.9 million were returning consumers who actually selected a plan.

“The Week 12 open enrollment snapshot extends through 11:59 p.m. EST on Monday, Feb. 1, instead of through the Jan. 31 deadline, to better capture consumers who may have been in line,” the press release reads. “This is the final snapshot for the 2016 open enrollment.”

The next open enrollment period starts in the fall.

— Reach Katherine Ranzenberger at KRanzenberger@yorkdispatch.com