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On March 23, 2023, we marked the 13th Anniversary of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), that landmark healthcare law that saved lives and made our communities healthier since President Obama signed it into law. Since 2014, when HealthCare.gov was launched, enrollment has doubled from 8 million to more than 16 million. Nearly 16.4 million consumers had health care coverage through HealthCare.gov Marketplaces and State-based Marketplaces like Nevada Health Link during the 2023 open enrollment. Enrollment has increased year-over-year, with 1.8 million more consumers signing up for coverage during the 2023 open enrollment compared to the 2022 open enrollment, a 13% increase, and nearly 4.4 million more consumers signing up compared to the 2021 open enrollment, a 36% increase.
Since the passage of the ACA in 2010, Nevada has made tremendous progress in expanding access to affordable health insurance. Before the ACA, Nevada had a 22 percent uninsured rate, nearly 7 percent higher than the national average; in 2021, Nevada’s uninsured rate was 11.6 percent. While there are still far too many uninsured in the Silver State, this progress has created more significant health equity for many in our communities, providing access to quality and affordable insurance. And since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, we have seen a 40 percent drop in the uninsured rate for Black Americans across the country.
We know that many of the critical parts of the Affordable Care Act, from free access to preventative care for things like mammograms and diabetes screenings to the increased funding for community health centers, are directly benefitting the Black community here in Las Vegas and across the country. My colleagues in the House of Representatives and I will continue to work to improve the ACA and expand access to all Americans.
You can visit https://www.nevadahealthlink.com to learn more about Nevada’s coverage and enroll during eligible periods. For example, if your job situation changes, you move, have, or adopt a child, and other qualifying life events. And if you need assistance with these programs, please do not hesitate to contact my office.