California: Enrollment Report Offers Range of Marketplace and Medicaid Coverage Details, Including Renewal Rates

A quarterly report jointly released by Covered California and the California Department of Health Care Services highlighted application, eligibility and enrollment data from October 1 through December 31, 2014 for all insurance affordability programs in California, with information that ranged from the number of applications received to applicant demographics, health plan enrollment by carrier and metal tier, renewal rates and number of appeals and hearing results. The report indicated that 92% of the 1.1 million Marketplace enrollees eligible for renewal successfully re-enrolled between October and December 2014. Of the individuals who renewed coverage, 39% explored their plan options, and of those that explored, 85% remained with the same carrier. The report also indicated that of renewals processed to date, 82% of Medi-Cal enrollees successfully renewed.

New York: Most New Marketplace Enrollees Previously Uninsured

Eighty-nine percent of new enrollees in the New York State of Health marketplace were uninsured at the time of application, New York State of Health reported, an increase from 81% of new enrollees in 2014. Overall, more than 2.1 million New Yorkers enrolled in health coverage through New York State of Health during the 2015 open enrollment period, double the number of enrollees during the State's first open enrollment period. A total of 86% of 2014 Marketplace enrollees renewed their coverage in 2015, three-quarters of whom received a subsidy to reduce the cost of their insurance. The State's complete open enrollment report provides further detail, including Marketplace demographic data, breakdowns of qualified health plan enrollment by region and plan type, and consumer assistance use.