New Survey: Latino Uninsured Rate Fell By a Third: The percentage of Latinos without health insurance has decreased 13 percentage points, from 36 percent to 23 percent, according to Commonwealth Fund tracking surveys conducted before and after the first open enrollment period. An even greater decrease was seen among Latinos between the ages of 19 and 34 (from 43 percent uninsured to 23 percent uninsured), and Latinos living in states that expanded Medicaid (from 35 percent uninsured to 17 percent uninured).
More Insurers Join the Marketplaces for 2015: On September 23, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released a report finding a 25 percent increase in the number of insurers that will offer coverage through the marketplaces in 2015. The HHS report included preliminary data from 44 states (the 36 states with federally facilitated and partnership marketplaces, and eight state-based marketplaces) and found that 238 insurers will continue to participate, 77 new insurers will join the marketplaces in these states, and 14 insurers will leave in 2015.
More 2015 Final Health Insurance Rates Announced:
- Colorado: On September 22, the Colorado Division of Insurance announced it had approved health insurance premiums for 2015, with rates increasing by an average of 0.71 percent for the individual market (including plans on and off the marketplace).
- Maine: The state’s Bureau of Insurance finalized 2015 marketplace rates on September 5, pending federal approval. Average premiums for its two marketplace insurers will decrease by 1.1 percent and stay the same, and a third insurer is entering the marketplace for 2015.
- Massachusetts: In a September 11 board of directors meeting, the Massachusetts Health Connector approved premiums for 2015, with average marketplace rates increasing 1.6 percent.