Over 55,000 Georgians enrolled in the health insurance exchange during the four month “special” that just ended in June.
Open enrollment ended in February but a special was opened for those who were married or had a baby since February or who lost a job and subsequently lost insurance.
To date, over 940,000 Americans have enrolled in the health care exchange in the 37 states that allow the federal exchange under the Affordable Care Act. Georgia is the third highest after Florida and Texas.
Additionally, 46% of Georgians in the special sign up period did so because they lost insurance coverage through work or were reduced below the minimum coverage for employment purposes.
The special sign up added about 10% more to the total who signed up during regular open enrollment.
Experts are now predicting that the uninsured rate will drop 20% because of the Affordable Care Act, but that doesn’t mean much for Georgia. The state is expected to remain one of the top states for adults without coverage. Georgia chose not to expand the Medicaid program for low-income adults. Opponents of the expansion say it would simply be too costly.