Less Than One Week Left in Open Enrollment: Open enrollment for the health insurance marketplaces ends Sunday, February 15 — the last day for consumers to get 2015 coverage this year. For states using HealthCare.gov, along with many state-based marketplaces, online enrollment will stay open until midnight local time on February 15. Consumers still looking for coverage can visit GetCoveredAmerica.org to use Calculator and Connector tools to see if they can qualify for financial help and find local in-person application assistance.
More Than 8 in 10 Enrollees Qualify for Financial Help, According to New HHS Report: On February 9, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report describing the financial help enrollees in 37 (using the HealthCare.gov platform) states are receiving. As of January 30, 87 percent of these enrollees — or 6.5 million Americans — qualified for advance premium tax credits. The average tax credit is $268 per month, which covers more than 70 percent of premiums. The report includes these numbers for each state using HealthCare.gov.
Marketplaces Working to Reduce Call Center Wait Time: The federally facilitated marketplace (FFM) is increasing its call center staff 40 percent to reduce wait times for consumers looking for assistance before February 15. In addition, Minnesota’s state-based marketplace has extended its call center hours, and Colorado’s board of directors is considering boosting its call center budget for the final stretch.
Pennsylvania Changing to a Traditional Medicaid Expansion Model: On February 9, the governor of Pennsylvania announced that the state will streamline its Medicaid expansion into a single program for adults under 138 percent of the federal poverty level. Adult Medicaid enrollees, including those who became newly eligible when the state implemented its expansion this year, will be transitioned to the new model. Pennsylvanians can still apply for Medicaid throughout the year at www.compass.state.pa.us.
Note: Collecting and reporting of enrollment numbers varies by marketplace. To fully understand the enrollment numbers below, it may be necessary to view the original source for context (source links are provided).
- FFM: A total of 7.5 million Americans have selected a new marketplace plan or were automatically renewed through HealthCare.gov as of January 30.
- Kentucky: A total of 95,927 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing consumers) and 46,422 enrolled in Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) as of February 5.
- Maryland: A total of 100,547 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing consumers) and 110,883 enrolled in Medicaid or CHIP as of February 4.
- Minnesota: 45,973 marketplace plan selections and 78,863 enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP as of February 6.
- New York: A total of 512,968 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing consumers) and 297,423 newly enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP for 2015 as of February 4.
- Rhode Island: A total of 27,475 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing consumers) as of January 31.
- Washington State: A total of 132,307 marketplace plan selections (new and renewing) and 497,945 enrolled in Medicaid/CHIP as of January 31.