The majority of those who enrolled in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) plans through the exchanges will be auto-enrolled in the same “qualified health plans” (QHPs) they selected in 2014 in 2015, administration officials said today.
QHP enrollees who qualified for subsidies and re-enroll will get the same subsidies, officials say.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) included the auto-enrollment feature in a new proposed rule. The rule is set to appear in the Federal Register Tuesday.
“We are working to streamline the process for consumers wishing to remain in their current plan,” HHS Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell said in a statement.
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The new option may ease some of the technical difficulties that plagued HealthCare.gov during the first year of enrollment.
Some say PPACA enrollment could grow significantly in the next open enrollment period. Healthcare.com, a technology firm, estimates that 12 million to 16 million people will enroll in PPPACA exchange QHPs in 2015, up from 8 million who enrolled in exchange QHPs in 2014.