Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its monthly report on marketplace enrollment. The report covers a range of metrics on applications and enrollments through the federally facilitated marketplaces (FFMs) and state-based marketplaces (SBMs) between October 1, 2013 and February 1, 2014.
Top-lines on the enrollment numbers from the report:
- 1.1 million Americans selected marketplace plans in January, bringing the cumulative total to 3.3 million (1.9 million in FFMs and 1.4 million in SBMs).
- 1.6 million Americans were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) through the marketplaces in January, bringing the cumulative total to 3.2 million. (Note: this does not include individuals who applied for Medicaid/CHIP through their state Medicaid agency.)
Enroll America’s President, Anne Filipic, issued a statement highlighting some of the most exciting findings:
“Particularly encouraging is the fact that young adult enrollment grew by 65 percent in January, the biggest increase of any age group. Based on past enrollment efforts, our research, and what we’re hearing in the field, we’ve always said that young people would wait until later in the open enrollment period to make their decision, and we’re now seeing that pattern begin to play out. The numbers also show that the percentage of Americans receiving financial assistance to help pay for their new coverage climbed even further in January to 82 percent. We know that affordability is the number one concern for uninsured consumers, and over the next six weeks before the March 31st deadline, we’ll be stepping up our efforts to make sure American families know about the financial help that is available.”