Washington Healthplanfinder Releases November Enrollment Report
OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington Healthplanfinder today released a comprehensive data report that provides more detailed information regarding the 179,000 residents who enrolled in health coverage from Oct. 1 to Nov 30.*
The report includes information about enrollees including their age ranges, enrollment by county and even enrollments by health plan “Metal Level” such as Gold, Silver and Bronze. Some of the key takeaways from the report include:
- · Enrollment in Qualified Health Plans Jumps by 200 Percent: Enrollments in Qualified Health Plans (private health plans) saw an increase from 6,351 in the month of October to 20,144 in November. An additional 53,000 individuals have received their eligibility for a Qualified Health Plan and need to submit payment to begin coverage on Jan. 1, 2014, up from 21,671 in October.
- · Young People Make up Nearly 20 Percent of Private Health Plan Enrollment: More than 3,600, or nearly 20 percent of enrollees in Qualified Health Plans were between the ages of 18 to 34. Those ages 55 to 64, who are most likely to have purchased health insurance in the past, made up 40 percent of enrollments in private health plans.
- · Silver Plans Continue to Draw Interest: Nearly 12,000 individuals or 60 percent of those who enrolled in a Qualified Health Plan enrolled in a “Silver” level plan due to cost-sharing subsidies, a form of financial help that lowers additional out of pocket costs such as copays and deductibles. The subsidies can only be accessed through a Silver level plan under the Affordable Care Act.
- · Majority of Applications Represent Individuals: Most applications included individuals seeking health coverage, with more than 91,000 applications representing one individual. Applications with two family members came in second at 17,122 applications.
Washington Healthplanfinder staff continue to address issues that are preventing individuals from completing the enrollment process, such as regular maintenance to reduce error codes as well as doubling the number of Customer Support Staff at the toll-free Customer Support Center.
To view the detailed enrollment report for November, please click here*.
For users who are unable to complete an application online at wahealthplanfinder.org, please visit the Washington Healthplanfinder “Quick Tips” page on the Washington Healthplanfinder Status Center.
If children, pregnant women and family Medicaid applicants are unable to complete an application online, they can access a paper application through the Health Care Authority website.
For more information about Washington Healthplanfinder and to enroll in health coverage, please visit www.wahealthplanfinder.org.