It would appear even “free” is not sufficient inducement to get some people to enroll in health insurance.
As the Affordable Care Act’s open enrollment period nears an end in most areas this week, a new analysis from KFF (the Kaiser Family Foundation) finds that 4.2 million currently uninsured people could get a bronze-level plan for 2019 and pay nothing in premiums after factoring in tax credits.
That works out to 27 percent of the 15.9 million uninsured individuals who could shop in the ACA marketplaces. In some states the share with access to a free bronze plan is far higher, including: Delaware (49%), Nebraska (49%), Iowa (48%), Utah (46%), Alaska (42%), Oklahoma (42%), Wisconsin (42%), Wyoming (41%), and Idaho (40%).
Looked at another way, over half (52%) of the uninsured who could get a free bronze plan live in four states: Texas (1,010,428 people), Florida (623,434), North Carolina (296,892) and Georgia (254,296).