California: 69,245 Determined Eligible for Marketplace or Medicaid; Marketplace Announces SHOP Premium Rates
As of November 18, 69,245 individuals were determined eligible for Covered California or Medi-Cal. 11,357 of these individuals have selected plans through the Marketplace. Covered California’s Board also announced that premiums for plans in the Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) will increase by 5.2%, but some consumers may see increases of less than 2%.
Connecticut: Over 12,000 New Enrollees in Marketplace and Medicaid
As of November 21, Access Health CT had enrolled nearly 2,700 Connecticuters in Qualified Health Plans through the individual Marketplace, over 1,000 employees through the SHOP Marketplace, and nearly 9,000 individuals in Medicaid.
Kentucky: 32,000 Website Visitors and 4,000 Applications Submitted
By November 17, over 32,000 unique visitors visited the Kynect website and over 4,000 submitted applications. With over 520,000 Kentuckians purchasing insurance through Kynect last year, Kentucky saw the second-highest reduction of uninsured individuals in the country.
Idaho: Open for Business After Transition to State-based Marketplace
This open enrollment period marks Idaho’s transition to a State-based Marketplace after relying on federal infrastructure as a State Partnership Marketplace in 2014. On November 18, the Spokesman-Review reported that Your Health Idaho had nearly 13,000 visitors and that call centers fielded 700 calls from consumers.
Maryland: 7,400 Enrollments Completed under New Marketplace System
Bouncing back from its troubled launch last year, the Maryland Health Connection website has completed 7,400 applications and seen 18,600 initiated applications and 117,000 visitors as of November 20, according to the Marketplace’s Twitter update.
Massachusetts: Revamped Marketplace Determines Eligibility for Nearly 52,000 in First Week
The revamped Massachusetts Health Connector determined eligibility for 51,967 consumers as of November 22. Of those determined eligible, 46% qualify for Medicaid, 24% each for ConnectorCare (subsidized coverage for individuals between 133% and 300% of the Federal Poverty Level) and unsubsidized Qualified Health Plan (QHPs), and the remaining 6% for subsidized QHPs. Additionally, 14,101 individuals and families had selected a qualified health plan (QHP) and the Connector’s website handled 334,108 visits during the same period.
Minnesota: Over 7,800 Enrolled in Marketplace or Public Coverage
As of November 21, 2,551 individuals enrolled in Qualified Health Plans through MNsure, more than four times the enrollment seen over the first two weeks of the 2014 open enrollment period. Additionally, 1,215 consumers have enrolled in MinnesotaCare (a publicly subsidized healthcare program) and 4,119 have enrolled in Medicaid.
Oregon: Marketplace Transition to Healthcare.gov Proceeds Smoothly
Reviews of Cover Oregon’s transition from operating a State-based Marketplace to using healthcare.gov have generally been positive since Open Enrollment Period began. Cover Oregon’s Executive Director noted he is appropriately cautious, but has heard the site is working well. “We haven’t had any problems at all,” said Ralph Prows, CEO of a CO-OP plan being offered on the Marketplace.
Vermont: 306 New and 1,515 Renewal Applications Submitted
As of November 17, Vermont Health Connect (VHC) reported handling 306 new applications for coverage and 1,515 renewal applications. VHC expects to receive between 3,000 and 8,000 new coverage applications during this year’s open enrollment period.
Washington: 25,000 Applications Submitted and 12,000 Calls Received
Nearly 25,000 residents completed applications through Washington Healthplanfinder as of November 18, with nearly 10,000 of those customers completing Qualified Health Plan applications. The Call Center received over 12,000 calls with an average wait time of 4 minutes, 2 minutes faster on average than during the first three days of 2014 open enrollment.