Health insurance

66,000 Mainers sign up for first year of state health insurance market

More than 66,000 Mainers enrolled in the new state health insurance market, an increase of more than 10% from the previous year when a federal health care program was in effect, the Mills administration announced Tuesday.

Maine now has its own website for residents who want insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

The state in a news release said 66,095 people selected affordable health insurance plans on Open registration, which began on November 1, ended on January 15.

More than 80% of Mainers enrolled in 2022 healthcare plans through receive financial assistance in the form of advanced premium tax credits, with an average monthly cost of $179.

“I am proud that the new Maine-based marketplace has contributed to a 10% increase in consumers choosing packages,” Governor Janet Mills said in a statement. “This great news is further proof that running our own market is leading to affordable, high-quality coverage for more people in Maine. At a time when health insurance is more important than ever, I’m thrilled that has been able to put Maine in the driver’s seat and give Maineans more control over their health insurance options. allows a state resident to purchase Affordable Care Act insurance for 2022 through a new state website rather than the federal government’s website, where Maine residents purchased so-called Obamacare since 2014. A total of 15 states, including all of New England except New Hampshire, use state-based markets rather than the federal version.

“We’ve known for some time that creating a health coverage portal tailored to Maine’s needs would be critical to getting more people to sign up. The numbers we’ve seen clearly show that efforts to create a state-based system have paid off,” said Sen. Heather Sanborn, D-Portland, who chairs the Committee on Health Coverage, Insurance and Benefits. financial services.

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