87 percent of health plan enrollees have qualified for financial assistance

2000px-US-DeptOfHHS-Logo.svgNearly 6.5 million people selected a plan or were automatically re-enrolled across the country since open enrollment began Nov. 15, according to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was the federal health agency’s first detailed analysis of enrollment for the first month of the 2015 open enrollment period for coverage under the Affordable Care Act. About 87 percent of people who selected health insurance plans through HealthCare.gov for coverage beginning Jan. 1, 2015 were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums. That was up from 80 percent of enrollees who selected plans and were considered eligible for assistance during a comparable period of the first open enrollment a year ago.

In the seven state-based marketplaces that reported data similarly on new consumers and consumers actively re-enrolling, Maryland alone made up one-third of all Qualified Health Plan (QHP) enrollments: 50,742 of 153,011 total, according to HHS. The seven states were Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Rhode Island. And that was only through Dec. 13 before the final deadline surge kicked in for full 2015 coverage. Open enrollment continues through Feb. 15 nationwide.