A lot of Americans, including several thousand in
It says more than 100,000
"Many consumers remain unaware of the financial assistance available to them," Tuesday's report says.
The report comes amid troubling times for the marketplace, as many insurers who have lost money in its first few years are pulling out of it, scaling back their offerings or planning hefty premium increases for 2017.
The report notes that higher premiums this year may mean that some who didn't previously qualify for assistance now do.
"Millions more Americans could benefit," said
Two different federal subsidies are available only through the health insurance marketplace set up by President
The first reduces the price of premiums for people with annual household income up to 400 percent of the federal poverty guidelines - about
The second reduces deductibles and other out-of-pocket costs for those with incomes up to 250 percent of the federal poverty guidelines, as long as they choose from what are called silver plans.
Regulators also recently announced that, for the first time, the
The marketplace open enrollment period for 2017 begins on