END OF 2018 OPEN ENROLLMENT PERIOD (Connecticut & Maryland)

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Minnesota: QHPs & Medicaid up slightly since 2/12

One more very small update today. This isn't an official data release, but this press release from yesterday mentions the total enrollment in Minnesota as being "nearly 95,000". This presumably includes enrollments through 2/17.

Assuming the same 32% / 68% ratio between existing private QHPs and Medicaid enrollments in Minnesota, this should break out to roughly 30,200 Private / 64,700 Medicaid, an increase of around 700 and 1,700 respectively.

Today, MNsure announced new TV and radio ads that tell the stories of Minnesotans who have used MNsure to find better, more affordable health care coverage. The ads highlight the affordability of MNsure plans and underscore the fact that MNsure offers the lowest premium rates in the country – with additional financial help available through tax credits. The ads are aimed at encouraging more Minnesotans to enroll in affordable, quality health coverage before the March 31 deadline. Nearly 95,000 Minnesotans have already selected health insurance through MNsure.

On the one hand, these numbers (if accurate) would mean that Minnesota is doing pretty lousy in February, enrolling people in private plans at only 38% the pace that they did in January. On the other hand, the numbers involved only lower the overall rate among the 13 states I have data for by 0.3%, so it's not too concerning: