Idaho: CURRENT PAID QHPs 78K, 14% *higher* than in April!

2018 MIDTERM ELECTION

Time: D H M S

Well this is a nice surprise date point!

Earlier today I noted that Idaho, which is the only state moving off of Healthcare.Gov onto their own exchange this year, is already allowing people to comparison shop 2015 policy plans. However, I just noticed something else on their new exchange site:

If you are among the 78,000 Idahoans who purchased a health insurance plan for 2014, we are here to help you renew your policy for 2015 on Idaho’s own health insurance exchange.

This is noteworthy because the official April 19th enrollment number in Idaho was 76,061. Assuming a 10% non-payment rate (which has been proven to be about right repeatedly over the course of the off-season period), that means around 68,400 of those enrollees paid their first month's premium. The gross number, of course, should be around 14,000 higher (assuming an off-season gross addition rate of around 87 per day), and of that grand total, it appears that 78,000 are still currently enrolled (otherwise they wouldn't need to renew their policy, would they?)

78K is about 14% higher than 68.4K. Even if you assume that 100% of the original 76K paid their premiums (which no one, even myself, is suggesting), that means the current enrollment number is still 2.6% higher.