This morning HHS released its official enrollment numbers for October and November. In those two months, 3.7 million Americans applied for coverage through the new marketplaces, and 1.2 million Americans have already selected a plan or found out they are eligible for Medicaid or CHIP. And, November enrollment through HealthCare.Gov was four times larger than in October, reflecting improvements in the website that we have been tracking. This trajectory is encouraging and aligns with the Massachusetts’ health reform experience where enrollment increased as the deadline to get covered got closer.
Anne Filipic, President of Enroll America, said in response: “The enrollment numbers for October and November released today by HHS show that, even before many of the website fixes were in place, consumers hungry for affordable health insurance options used the website, hotline, and in-person assisters to enroll in coverage that fits their needs. Now that the website is working smoothly for the majority of consumers, we expect those numbers to rise even further. That’s why we’ve launched our ‘Coverage is Coming’ campaign with more than a thousand events across the country in December, and that is why we’re following up with the 50,000 interested consumers we’ve already identified to encourage them to return to the website and continue the enrollment process.”
Remember, there are four ways consumers can sign up through their state’s health insurance marketplace: online, on the phone, or via a paper application – and in-person assistance is available regardless of how they decide to apply. To find local help, visit www.getcoveredamerica.org/locator or text “LOCATOR” to 877877.