Health insurance application There has been significant ramping up over the past several years by all major insurer categories, and the number of off-exchange offerings this year increased by almost 50% compared to 2020. (Photo: Shutterstock)

Participation in the health insurance marketplace is increasing and the trend is likely to continue, according to a report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

“The combination of a new administration and a public health emergency may create the momentum needed for historic change,” said Katherine Hempstead, a senior policy adviser for the foundation. “Many state-based marketplaces holding special enrollment periods saw above-average sign-ups and an increased share of younger enrollees. The recently completed open enrollment period was the most favorable in some time.”

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