The Affordable Care Act (ACA) open enrollment period was shorter this year, but more Nebraskans signed up for coverage than a year ago.
88,351 Nebraskans bought health insurance through healthcare.gov this year – nearly 4,000 more than during the last enrollment.
“We were surprised and really excited,” Eric Savaiano, Enroll Nebraska coordinator, tells Nebraska Radio Network.
“And that is in spite of the shorter enrollment period and the smaller investment from the federal administration in outreach and advertising.”
He says there is at least one person in each Nebraska county who benefits from the ACA, and most of them will get a tax credit to help pay for coverage.
“We really think that was a driver of people signing up this year,” Savaiano says. “We know that about four out of ten people who were uninsured could get plans for zero dollars a month. We also knew that seven of ten people who were uninsured could find plans for under $75 a month.”
Last year, 84,371 Nebraskans used the Affordable Care Act to gain health insurance.
“People really want this product,” Savaiano says. “We know that there’s a lot of pushback on that in the political world, but hopefully people will see this as a sign that we need to keep this program around.”
AUDIO: Mike Loizzo reports [:36]