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Growth chart Enrollment showed its first uptick during the Trump administration, but still fell short of the 12.7 million who chose marketplace insurance in 2016. (Photo: Shutterstock)

As expected, marketplace health insurance enrollment jumped significantly from the 2020 enrollment period to the 2021 period.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) said enrollment increased about 5% over 2020. A total of 12 million consumers purchased, acquired, or were automatically enrolled in coverage either through the HealthCare.gov site or state-operated marketplace portals. Last year, enrollment was 11.4 million.

Dan Cook

Dan Cook is a journalist and communications consultant based in Portland, OR. During his journalism career he has been a reporter and editor for a variety of media companies, including American Lawyer Media, BusinessWeek, Newhouse Newspapers, Knight-Ridder, Time Inc., and Reuters. He specializes in health care and insurance related coverage for BenefitsPRO.

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