Connecticut: 12.8K QHP selections thru 11/13; neck & neck w/last year

via Christine Stewart of CT News Junkie (11/15/18):

Access Health Enrollment Off To Steady Start

HARTFORD, CT — The number of customers purchasing plans through Connecticut’s insurance exchange is around what it was last year in the first two weeks of open enrollment.

Since Nov. 1, 12,777 customers have shopped and purchased a plan for 2019, according to Access Health CT officials. That means about 85,000 enrollees have yet to renew into a 2019 policy.

...Traffic on the website is trending about 18 percent higher than it was at this time last year, according to Access Health CT’s Director of Technical Operations and Analytics Robert Blundo.

...An estimated 60 percent of customers are picking plans that are different from their plan in 2018 and that’s compared to only 18 percent who were changing their plans last year. It also means there are a higher percentage of customers using brokers to help them make a decision about the health plan that’s right for them.

Hmmm...last year AccessHealthCT enrolled "over 17,000" in the first 15 days, but 6,000 of them were new enrollees vs. 11,000 actively renewing/re-enrolling. The only way that 12,777 is "around what it was" last year if they're only talking about active renewals...

...except the screen shot above states that the total in the first 13 days last year was just 12,843: 8,636 renewing + 4,207 new. Huh. I guess the 17K figure was wrong last year?

Anyway, the figures in the screenshot state that 2019 enrollment is indeed virtually identical to last year as of the same date.