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Massachusetts: Effectuated exchange enrollments up 8.2% since March

The Massachusetts Health Connector has posted their latest monthly enrollment report (through the end of July), and the news is good. As I note every month:

Unlike most states, the Massachusetts Health Connector has not only seen no net attrition since the end of Open Enrollment, but has actually seen a net increase in enrollment...mainly due to their unique "ConnectorCare" policies, which are fully Qualified Health Plans (QHPs) but have additional financial assistance for those who qualify and which are available year-round instead of being limited to the open enrollment period.

The amount of the increase depends on which "official" number you start with; the MA exchange claimed 196,554 people as of 1/31/16...while the ASPE report gives it as 213,883 as of the next day....yet their March report claims 208,000 effectuated enrollees as of February.

Given this discrepancy and the fact that the Q1 2016 effectuated enrollment report has been out for awhile, I'm going to use the 3/31 number (207,121 effectuated enrollees) as the comparison point going forward.

According to the dashboard report, as of August 1st, the MA Health Connector had 224,016 people enrolled in effectuated policies, or 8.2% more than they had at the end of March.