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I just received the following 2020 Open Enrollment report from the Massachusetts Health Connector (via email, no link):

Here are numbers as of yesterday:

  • We have 290,769 members enrolled in January coverage
  • We have 4,444 members enrolled in February or March coverage
  • We have 5,270 plans selected (1st premium not paid yet)
  • That’s a total of 300,483 people
  • We have 41,477 new enrollments.

I wish every ACA exchange would break out their numbers this way. Simple and to the point, but also with relevant details...not only "renewals vs. new" but also how many are enrolled for January vs. February or March coverage and even how many have/haven't paid yet! The last is a bit unfair since Massachusetts is one of only two states, I believe, which actually handle premium payments (Rhode Island does as well...Washington State used to but doesn't anymore).

This Just In via email...

Your Health Idaho enrolls 89,000 Idahoans for 2020 health insurance coverage

  • Idaho exchange sees increase in new customers as overall enrollments decline amid Medicaid expansion

BOISE, Idaho – More than 89,000 Idahoans signed up for 2020 health insurance coverage through the state insurance exchange, Your Health Idaho, during open enrollment which ended Dec. 16, 2019.

Enrollments are down approximately 14,000 from the same time last year. This decline is largely due to Medicaid expansion and was expected by the exchange. Your Health Idaho originally estimated that around 18,000 individuals would move from the exchange to Medicaid under the newly expanded program. 

DISCLAIMER: HealthSherpa has a banner ad placement agreement with ACASignups.net.

As regular readers know, for the past two Open Enrollment Periods, I've had a banner ad agreement with HealthSherpa, a 3rd-party Web Broker which enrolls people in ACA exchange policies. It's important to understand that unlike some other web brokers which sell ACA policies alongside non-ACA compliant plans, I only entered into this agreement with HS because they only offer on-exchange ACA-compliant policies. And no, I'm not being paid extra for this blog post; I don't work that way.

Having said that, there's no denying that their press release today is intriguing and an important look at the public/private status of the ACA:

HealthSherpa enrolls over 1 million Americans during Open Enrollment Period

Just another quick update from AccessHealthCT:

As of today, their press release page states the following:

Stats as of December 20, 2019:

Qualified Health Plans (QHP):

  • Net Total QHP Enrollment: 104,799
  • 2020 OE Acquisition Summary: 22,026

...Medicaid: Completed applications/redeterminations processed through the integrated eligibility system: 44,950

That's as of today (?). They'll have to have added another 6,267 people to beat last year's total of 111,066.

This Just In from Nevada Health Link:

Nevada’s State Based Exchange Announces Enrollment Figures for Plan Year 2020

Carson City, Nev. – The Silver State Health Insurance Exchange (Exchange), Nevada’s state agency that helps individuals get connected to budget‐appropriate health coverage through the online marketplace, Nevada Health Link, enrolled 77,410 Nevadans during Open Enrollment for Plan Year 2020. The Exchange's seventh Open Enrollment Period ended Dec. 15, 2019 and included an extension for consumers who started the enrollment process on or before Sunday, Dec. 15 to complete their application by Friday, Dec. 20.

This Just In from MNsure...

MNsure Reports Strong Enrollment Numbers in Seventh Open Enrollment Period

ST. PAUL, Minn.—117,520 Minnesotans signed up for private health coverage during MNsure’s seventh open enrollment period which ended on December 23, 2019—2,525 more sign-ups than the exchange received by December 23 of the previous year. 

That's a 2.2% enrollment increase year over year (114,995), although CMS's official total was slightly lower than that (113,552 QHP selections). I don't know if the 1,443 discrepancy is due to clerical error cleanup, standalone dental plans being included in the higher number or what, but assuming the 117,520 figure stands, that's actually a 3.5% increase.

MNsure’s operations were notably smooth, and consumers reported improved customer experiences with the new online shopping and enrollment tools MNsure unveiled this year.

A couple of weeks ago, Covered California reported that as of December 7th, over 486,000 residents were taking advantage of their newly-expanded & enhanced state ACA subsidies:

...More than 486,000 individuals have been determined eligible for the new state subsidy, including about 23,000 in the 400 to 600 percent range of the federal poverty level, which could extend to an individual making up to $74,940 and family of four with a household income of up to $154,500. Of those in this income range who have signed up through Covered California, 44 percent have been found eligible for the state financial assistance.

...If I'm following correctly, the total breakout is:

  • 777,000 = either 138 - 200% FPL or not eligible for any subsidies
  • 463,000 = 200 - 400% FPL; receiving both federal & state subsidies
  • 23,000 = 400-600% FPL; receiving state subsidies only

The press release also broke out the household average for the new/expanded subsidies:

Your Health Idaho, the states' ACA exchange, reminds residents who completed their enrollment applications that they still have until midnight tonight to actually select a policy:

Last chance to #GetCovered!
For those Idahoans who submitted an application for 2020 health insurance coverage by December 16, you have one more day to pick a plan! Do not wait! Find your perfect plan today at YourHealthIdaho.org!

— Your Health Idaho (@YourHealthIdaho) December 23, 2019

The lastest 2020 Open Enrollment Period data was released last week by most of the exchanges, including HealthCare.Gov, Covered California, Connect for Health Colorado, Access Health CT, Maryland Health Connection and the Washington HealthPlan Finder. When combined with the existing data from the MA Health Connector, MNsure, New York State of Health and the brand-new Nevada Health Link, we should now have over 95% of the total 2020 Open Enrollment QHP selections locked in.

Update 12/23: I've updated the text and graph to include the final numbers from Minnesota & Nevada.

This is by no means the final version of The Graph for 2020, of course; there's still no data at all from the District of Columbia, Idaho, Rhode Island or Vermont, and the deadline is still days, weeks or even a month away for nine states.

Having said that, with the Week 7 HC.gov Snapshot Report being released earlier this afternoon, this is a good time to pause and take a look at how the 2020 Open Enrollment Period is shaping up. Remember, even HC.gov's total will change slightly when the dust settles...they're still missing the final 3 hours of the extended Open Enrollment Period (I'm guessing perhaps 30,000 more?), plus an unknown number of "callbacks" to people who were unable to get through on 12/15 but left their contact information (perhaps another few thousand?).

This just in via the Washington HealthPlanFinder:

Washington Healthplanfinder Reminds Customers to Make First Premium Payment

  • Payment options available online and by phone or mail through insurance companies.

Washington Health Benefit Exchange (Exchange) is reminding customers who selected a plan during 2020 open enrollment to make the first month’s premium payment to their health insurance company.

“It is critical that customers make their first premium payment associated with their 2020 health insurance coverage,” said Pam MacEwan, chief executive officer at the Exchange. “This simple action will prevent unintended loss of health coverage or delays in accessing care in the new year.”

Normally the Weekly HC.gov Snapshot Reports are released on Wednesdays. This week it was delayed until Friday in order to include the extra 2 1/2 days:

  • The final official day (Dec. 15th) fell on a Sunday this year
  • The additional 36 hour extension from 3pm on Monday 12/16 - midnight Eastern on Wednesday 12/18*

Not only is "Week 7" actually 9.5 days, but the final week of Open Enrollment also always includes a last-minute enrollment surge as people scramble to beat the deadline (both the original and the extension). In addition, it's also traditionally the week that CMS adds all of the auto-renewals to the report for current enrollees who neither actively selected a policy for 2020, nor did they cancel their coverage for the new year.

As a result of these factors, the numbers for Week 7 understandably dwarf each of the previous snapshot reports:

Week 7, Dec 8-17, 2019

via DC Health Link by email:

Healthcare Open Enrollment Going Strong in Washington, DC!

  • DC Residents Can Sign Up for Quality Affordable Coverage Through Jan 31, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – District of Columbia residents still have more than six (6) weeks to sign up for quality, affordable health insurance through DC Health Link, the District’s state-based health insurance exchange established under the Affordable Care Act. While the final deadline has passed for individuals across the country to sign up for health insurance through the federal marketplace (HealthCare.gov), DC Health Link’s Open Enrollment for individuals and families continues on until January 31, 2020.  

via MNsure by press release:

Monday is Your Last Chance to Enroll in Private Health Coverage Through MNsure

December 20, 2019

ST. PAUL, Minn.—Minnesotans have until 11:59 p.m. on Monday, December 23, to enroll in health insurance coverage through MNsure for 2020.

"MNsure stands ready to help Minnesotans in the final days of open enrollment," said MNsure CEO Nate Clark. "The time to get enrolled is right now—don't lose out on your opportunity to get coverage in the new year."

MNsure will have extended Contact Center hours beginning tomorrow: 

  • Saturday, December 21: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 
  • Sunday, December 22: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. 
  • Monday, December 23: 8 a.m. to midnight

Most people qualify for financial help. Minnesotans can see their estimated eligibility for financial help by using MNsure's plan comparison tool.

Please note, this deadline does not apply to Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare recipients or members of federally recognized Indian tribes. More information about renewing eligibility and reporting changes for Medical Assistance or MinnesotaCare. 

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