WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that, as of last Friday, more than 200,000 Ohioans have selected or been re-enrolled in health insurance plans through the health law’s insurance marketplace. According to numbers released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), more than 9.9 million Americans have secured health insurance coverage during this year’s open enrollment period.
“More than 200,000 Ohioans have gained access to high-quality, affordable medical care through the health insurance marketplace for this year,” Brown said. “Already, the health law has helped millions of Ohioans lead healthier lives and stabilize their financial security. With just 11 days left to enroll, I encourage all Ohioans to visit healthcare.gov to take advantage of this opportunity to protect themselves and their families. No family should be one illness or injury away from financial ruin.”
Open Enrollment began on Nov. 15 and will close on Feb. 15. HHS also released data on the number of Ohio consumers who selected or were automatically enrolled in a plan in Ohio’s four most populous cities, as of Jan. 30:
- 41,837 consumers in Cleveland-Elyria
- 32,827 consumers in Columbus
- 32,453 consumers in Cincinnati
- 12,082 consumers in Dayton
HHS reported that 84 percent of Ohio consumers who selected health insurance plans were eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums and 75 percent of Ohio Marketplace enrollees were able to obtain coverage for $100 or less per month after any applicable tax credits in 2015.
Brown continues to champion the health law and its benefits for Ohioans. Brown declined Congressional health insurance for nearly two decades—keeping a 1992 campaign promise to decline a health plan until similar coverage was available to all Americans— and entered the marketplace during the 2014 enrollment period.
Last year, Brown toured the state to raise awareness about the enrollment deadline. He traveled with Enroll America and held events at Columbus State Community College, Cuyahoga Community College, Wright State University in Dayton, and Eastern Gateway Community College in Youngstown, to inform residents of the local resources available to help them choose and purchase a healthcare plan. Brown also held a news conference call with Ohio State University legend Eddie George to alert Ohioans to the deadline.