Bloomberg Law
March 27, 2020, 5:55 PM

State Obamacare Exchanges See Surge in Interest Amid Virus Fears

Christopher Brown
Christopher Brown
Staff Correspondent

States that operate their own health-care exchanges are leading the way in helping the uninsured find coverage amid the coronavirus crisis.

Twelve states and the District of Columbia have their own Obamacare exchanges, and all but one of them—Idaho—have opened special enrollment periods to allow uninsured people to buy health coverage during the pandemic.

And a surge of new applicants—particularly among people in their 20s—suggests that those who had once chosen to go without coverage are now welcoming the chance to protect themselves as the fear of contagion spreads.

The goal of the states that have set up special ...

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