This morning the Department of Health and Human Services announced that to date 364,682 people have enrolled for healthcare insurance via the healthcare exchanges. Of those 137,000 enrolled via the federal PPACA portal, Healthcare.gov. The balance enrolled through the state exchanges.
Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today that nearly 365,000 individuals have selected plans from the state and federal Marketplaces by the end of November. November alone added more than a quarter million enrollees in state and federal Marketplaces. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace in November was more than four times greater than October’s reported federal enrollment number.
Since October 1, 1.9 million have made it through another critical step, the eligibility process, by applying and receiving an eligibility determination, but have not yet selected a plan. An additional 803,077 were determined or assessed eligible for Medicaid or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in October and November by the Health Insurance Marketplace.
If experience to date is an gauge of those qualifying for Medicaid roughly a third would have qualified under the old rules. That means they’re on the states’ tabs. Relative to the 58 million people Medicaid is already serving that’s not a particularly large number. When you take into account how many states have financial problems, it’s more than one might like.
In order for the people who’ve enrolled via the exchanges actually to be covered by January 1, they’ll need to have made their first payment by, roughly, the end of this week. 7 million people, CBO’s original estimate for how many would enroll via the exchanges, is starting to look like wishful thinking. The number of people formerly insured in the individual policy market now numbers in the millions.