The number of U.S. people with unsubsidized individual major medical insurance fell to 6.2 million in 2018, down 31% from 9 million in 2016.
That coverage enrollment category is the only one that showed a big enrollment drop between 2016 and 2018, according to a ThinkAdvisor analysis of new health insurance coverage data for people under age 65 from the Congressional Budget Office (CBO).
The decline in the number of unsubsidized individual major medical insureds pushed the number of uninsured people up 5% between 2016 and 2018, to 28.9 million.
The CBO is an arm of Congress that helps Congress analyze the effects of policy choices on federal spending. It prepared the new health insurance enrollment report to show Congress the data and logic that will be included in new health insurance policy impact analyses.
The CBO found that the total number of U.S. residents increased by about 1 million between 2016 and 2016, to 284.7 million.
The number of people under age 65 with Medicaid, Children’s Health Insurance Plan coverage, subsidized Affordable Care Act exchange plan coverage, the ACA Basic Health Program or Medicare coverage crept up to 86.9 million in 2018, from 86.6 million in 2016.
Employers increased the number of people they covered by 2.2 million, to 159.7 million.
The number of people with subsidized ACA exchange plan coverage increased to 8.4 million, from 8.3 mllion.
But the number of people with unsubsidized ACA exchange plan coverage fell to 1.3 million, from 1.6 million, and the number with individual off-exchange coverage fell to 4.9 million, from 7.4 million.