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Exchange Enrollment Up With One Month To Go

by Christine Stuart | Feb 21, 2014 9:41am
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Enrollment through Connecticut’s health insurance exchange has increased to 126,653, according to officials at Access Health CT.

Of those, 53,673 individuals have chosen plans with one of the three private insurance carriers and 72,980 individuals enrolled in Medicaid between Oct. 1 and Feb. 18. That means about 4,670 individuals enrolled between Feb. 10 and Feb. 18.

Officials at Access Health CT are attributing the bump in enrollment to an advertising campaign they’ve been running during the Olympics. Compared with the week prior to the Olympics, the exchange saw a 31 percent increase in web traffic, a 24 percent increase in account creation, an 8 percent increase in call volume, and a 67 percent increase in daily enrollment.

Enrollment in the exchange is open until March 31.

In January, some members of Access Health CT’s expressed concern about the demographic information of those signing up for one of the three private insurance carriers.

A month later, not much has changed.

Individuals enrolling between the ages of 55 to 64 dropped two percent, while those ages 26 to 44 was up one percent to 25 percent. Those ages 45 to 54 increase one percent since Jan. 15.

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posted by: LongJohn47 | February 21, 2014  4:46pm

So with a bit more than a month to go, AccessHealthCT and Medicaid seems to have reduced the uninsured population by 38% (there were an estimated 332,300 uninsured adults and children in 2008).

Without assuming a rush at the end, over the last six weeks they could easily add another 25,000 to the rolls, raising penetration to 45%.

I would say that this is quite an accomplishment for the first year of Obamacare.

posted by: Just another CT resident | February 22, 2014  9:07am

Christine,
Can you give us readers a breakdown of the enrollment between the number of people enrolled due to losing health insurance and those people who were previously uninsured?
Thanks

posted by: Christine Stuart | February 22, 2014  12:15pm

Christine Stuart

Just Another CT Resident,
I wish I could give you that information, but the exchange has not been collecting that information. They don’t have any numbers that are credible on that yet. They said they plan to try and ascertain those numbers, but really it’s just going to be a guess because they don’t ask for the information when you sign up. Wish I had an answer for you.
Christine

posted by: LongJohn47 | February 22, 2014  12:43pm

Just Another—great question, though I might frame it a bit differently. 

A more detailed look at the numbers would start with those previously covered vs. those who had no insurance, and then break those numbers down even further:

HAD INSURANCE
—those who had some sort of coverage before (good or bad) who have signed up under the Exchange
—those who had some sort of coverage before (good or bad) who have gotten new coverage directly from an insurance company (not through the Exchange)
—those who had insurance before which doesn’t meet current Federal mandates, so have lost that insurance and haven’t signed up for anything to replace it

DIDN’T HAVE INSURANCE
—those who didn’t have insurance before but can now afford it because of direct federal subsidies and have signed up with one of the insurance companies through the Exchange (the only way to get the subsidy)
—those who qualified for Medicaid in the past but hadn’t signed up (for whatever reason) who now have signed up and are covered for the first time
—those who didn’t qualify for Medicaid before and didn’t have other insurance, but who do qualify now and have therefore signed up
—those who didn’t have insurance before who have now purchased policies directly from an insurance company (not through the Exchange)

For those who had insurance before, the two further questions are how much are they paying and what kind of coverage are they getting now compared to before?

Only the Insurance Commissioner (not AccessHealth CT) will have a broad enough view of the entire CT market to answer these questions, and it will clearly take some time for them to figure it out.  But these are exactly the questions we need to answer in order to truly evaluate the impact of Obamacare.

posted by: art vandelay | February 23, 2014  8:09am

art vandelay

Connecticut has yet to learn from its mistakes.  In the early 50’s Connecticut was one of the first states to jump on the bandwagon for federal Interstate Highway funds.  Connecticut wanted to prove to the nation it could build the “model” interstate highway.  The result was the Henry Cabot Lodge “Connecticut Turnpike”.  We all know how that turned out.  Next was “Common Core”.  Connecticut is ready to dump that along w/ Stefan Pryor.  Next we have the “Busway”, and finally the coup d’ grace, Obamacare.  The state is doing everything it can to save face.  It would have been better to insure those in desperate need vs a complete government takeover of the greatest healthcare system in the world.

posted by: LongJohn47 | February 23, 2014  2:58pm

It’s really interesting that those who’ve been screaming that Obamacare is the end of America as we know it are silent when the numbers of people who are actually being helped by the program come out.

Where’s the hype about people losing their insurance?  Haven’t heard much recently, because most of those stories were just that—hype. 

Where are the stories about companies putting people on part time to avoid insurance?  More hot air. 

Massive dislocations as insurance companies limit doctor availability?  Not happening.

Every major social program goes through a period of trial and error and refinement.  This one is unique in that nationally the right wing has fought a rear guard action to deny health insurance for poor people.  They will fail, Obamacare will succeed, and the country will be much better off.