Nationwide Enrollment Reaches 11.3 Million

By Molly Warren

Last week, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the first report that includes nationwide enrollment information for the current open enrollment period (OE3). The report found that nearly 11.3 million Americans selected a new plan or were renewed into 2016 coverage — including 3 million new enrollees — between November 1 and December 26, 2015.

We already have seen from the weekly marketplace enrollment snapshots that enrollment in states has been higher in OE3 than it was at the same point in OE2. But last week’s report included state-level data for all states (including those with state-based marketplaces). And there is more encouraging news to share: As of December 26, 2015, nearly half of states had already surpassed the number of plan selections they saw during the entire open enrollment period last year, with more than a month of OE3 left to go!

Figure: Many States Have Already Surpassed Their OE2 Enrollment Figures


What’s more, in the majority of states (39 states plus the District of Columbia), the number of plan selections as of December 26 were at least 90 percent of what they were at the end of last year’s open enrollment period. Given that the final weeks of open enrollment have typically seen high enrollment, this suggests enrollment during OE3 is well on track to exceed last year’s performance.

The HHS report also has more breakdowns than previously released, including information on enrollees by reenrollment status, age, gender, income, financial help eligibility, metal level of plan selection, and race/ethnicity, as well as an addendum with state breakdowns.

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