Washington Healthplanfinder today released a comprehensive data report that provides more detailed information regarding the 179,000 residents who enrolled in health coverage from Oct. 1 to Nov 30.*
The report includes information about enrollees including their age ranges, enrollment by county and even enrollments by health plan “Metal Level” such as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Some of the key takeaways from the report include:
- Enrollment in Qualified Health Plans Jumps by 200 Percent: Enrollments in Qualified Health Plans (private health plans) saw an increase from 6,351 in the month of October to 20,144 in November. An additional 53,000 individuals have received their eligibility for a Qualified Health Plan and need to submit payment to begin coverage on Jan. 1, 2014, up from 21,671 in October.
- Young People Make up Nearly 20 Percent of Private Health Plan Enrollment: More than 3,600, or nearly 20 percent of enrollees in Qualified Health Plans were between the ages of 18 to 34. Those ages 55 to 64, who are most likely to have purchased health insurance in the past, made up 40 percent of enrollments in private health plans.
- Silver Plans Continue to Draw Interest: Nearly 12,000 individuals or 60 percent of those who enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan enrolled in a “Silver” level plan due to cost-sharing subsidies, a form of financial help that lowers additional out of pocket costs such as copays and deductibles. The subsidies can only be accessed through a Silver level plan under the Affordable Care Act.
- Majority of Applications Represent Individuals: Most applications were for individuals seeking health coverage, with more than 91,000 applications representing one individual. Applications with two family members came in second at 17,122 applications.
“We were pleased to see the growth in private health plan enrollment last month,” said Richard Onizuka, CEO for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange. “With 53,000 individuals close to completing the process, we believe enrollment in these plans will grow exponentially as we move toward the Dec. 23 deadline for coverage that begins on Jan. 1.”
Washington Healthplanfinder staff continue to address issues that are preventing individuals from completing the enrollment process, such as regular maintenance to reduce error codes as well as doubling the number of Customer Support Staff at the toll-free Customer Support Center.
“We want our customers to know that we are doing everything we can to move all applications through the enrollment process that are submitted by Dec. 23,” said Onizuka. “Washingtonians may also enroll through March 31, 2014, if they are not seeking coverage beginning Jan. 1, which will meet their requirement to obtain health insurance this year under the Affordable Care Act.”
To view the detailed enrollment report for November, please click here*.
*Please note that comprehensive data for ethnicity is not available due to the users’ ability to opt out of providing this information. Information about enrollments in the Small Business Program and enrollments by health plan insurance carriers will be available in future reports.
For users who are unable to complete an application online at wahealthplanfinder.org, please visit the Washington Healthplanfinder “Quick Tips” page on the Washington Healthplanfinder Status Center.
If children, pregnant women and family Medicaid applicants are unable to complete an application online, they can access a paper application through the Health Care Authority website.
For more information about Washington Healthplanfinder and to enroll in health coverage, please visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org.
Washington Healthplanfinder, Bethany Frey, (360) 688-7752
About Washington Healthplanfinder
Washington Healthplanfinder is a new online marketplace for individuals, families and small businesses in Washington to compare and enroll in health insurance coverage and gain access to tax credits, reduced cost sharing and public programs such as Medicaid. Washington Healthplanfinder began enrolling consumers on Oct. 1, 2013, for health insurance coverage beginning on Jan. 1, 2014. The open enrollment period extends through March 31, 2014.
About the Washington Health Benefit Exchange
The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is a public-private partnership established in accordance with the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA) with the goal to redefine people’s experience with health care through the creation of a new health insurance marketplace for individuals and small businesses. The Exchange is separate from the state and governed by an independent 11-member board appointed by former Gov. Chris Gregoire in Dec. 2011.