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Minnesota: 15.4K QHPs in first 6 days!

From MNsure:

More than 15,000 Minnesotans have Enrolled in Health Coverage in Six Days

November 7, 2016

ST. PAUL, Minn.— MNsure is providing an update on the 2017 open enrollment period. Within six days, more than 15,000 Minnesotans have enrolled in health coverage. This milestone took about six weeks to achieve during last year's open enrollment period.

Since the start of open enrollment, we have seen:

  • 15,422 enrollments in health coverage completed (as of 10 a.m. today)
  • 1,364 MinnesotaCare eligibility determinations
  • 4,291 Medical Assistance eligibility determinations
  • 253,355 visits to MNsure.org
  • 57,342 sessions or visits on the comparison shopping tool
  • 5,063 page views on the Assisters page – demonstrating that Minnesotans are exploring those options
  • 15,475 accounts created
  • 16,660 applications completed

As I keep noting, MNsure is enrolling people at a frantic pace; last year they only enrolled 404 per day for the first 17 days, which means they're still enrolling people more than 6x faster than last year.

Of course, I expect this pace to slow down to normal at some point--the main reason for the early rush is Minnesota's unique "enrollment cap" being placed on 4 out of 5 carriers in the state (on a first come, first serve basis). This can be seen already...they went from 13x to 10x to 6x so far.

Still, the total in MN was 83,507 people last year, so they've managed to enroll 18% as many people in just the first 6 days, which is pretty impressive.