4 Times More Americans Enrolled in Health Insurance Marketplaces in November Than October

Nearly 365,000 Americans selected plans in the Health Insurance Marketplace (HIM) in October and November, and enrollment in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number, according to HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius.

Almost 2 million (1.9) customers made it through the process but have not yet selected a plan; an additional 803,077 were assessed or determined eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP).

Since October 1, 1.9 million have made it through another critical step, the eligibility process, by applying and receiving an eligibility determination, but have not yet selected a plan. An additional 803,077 were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP in October and November by the HIM.

The numbers reflect the technical improvements to HealthCare.gov, which has been unreliable since its launch in October. The open enrollment period is six months long and continues to March 31, 2014.

The HHS issue brief highlights the following key findings:

  • Nearly 1.2 million Americans, based only on the first two months of open enrollment, have selected a plan or had a Medicaid or CHIP eligibility determination;
  • Of those, 364,682 Americans selected plans from the state and federal marketplaces; and
  • 803,077 Americans were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or CHIP by the Health Insurance Marketplace.
  • 39.1 million visitors have visited the state and federal sites to date.
  • There were an estimated 5.2 million calls to the state and federal call centers.

The report groups findings by state and federal marketplaces. In some cases only partial data sets were available for state marketplaces. The report features cumulative data for the two-month period because some people apply, shop, and select a plan across monthly reporting periods. These counts avoid potential duplication associated with monthly reporting. For example, if a person submitted an application in October, and then selected a marketplace plan in November, this person would only be counted once in the cumulative data.

Source: HHS , December 11, 2013

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