Approximately 27,000 new Arkansas consumers enrolled in the Health Insurance Marketplace during the third open enrollment period
Newly released data also shows active shoppers saved average of $ 262 in Arkansas
From the U.S.
Department of Health & Human Services
Health Insurance Marketplaces nationwide signed up nearly 4.9 million new customers for 2016 coverage during the third Open Enrollment period. In total, about 12.7 million people signed up or automatically renewed their plans for 2016 coverage, of which about 40 percent were new customers. In Arkansas, approximately 27,000 were new customers to the Marketplace.
“Almost 5 million Americans were new to the Health Insurance Marketplaces in 2015 and about 20 million uninsured Americans have gained coverage because of the Affordable Care Act,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “This year’s customers are more engaged, savvier and better informed. New customers came in earlier because they wanted a full years coverage, and 70 percent of existing customers
came back to shop
and actively selected a plan.'
Customers in Arkansas were highly active, engaged shoppers. People in Arkansas who switched issuers as well as plans saved $22 per month, or nearly $262 annually for the same level of coverage. Nationally, about 66 percent of people who changed plans also changed issuers, and 31 percent of people who changed plans also changed their metal level. As with past years, the vast majority of Marketplace consumers signed up for coverage with tax credits. More than 8 in 10 individuals (10.5 million) who selected or were automatically enrolled in a 2016 plan nationwide qualify for a tax credit. In Arkansas, the average tax credit was $286 per month, or 70 percent percent of the gross premium, and the average premium after tax credits was $122 per month. In Arkansas 62 percent of customers had the option of selecting a 2016 Marketplace plan with a premium of $75 or less per month after tax credits.
More than ever, Marketplace customers are engaged and satisfied with their coverage. About 60 percent (2.4 million) of new enrollees in HealthCare.gov states signed up for January 1 coverage compared to about 40 percent (1.9 million) of new enrollees last year. Instead of waiting until the last moment, as we saw in previous years, people signed up for coverage by the first deadline because they wanted coverage to start as soon as possible.
Finally, this year, 3.5 million people ages 18 to 34 signed up for coverage nationwide. In HealthCare.gov states, 2.7 million young people ages 18 to 34 signed up for 2016 coverage (28 percent of HealthCare.gov state plan selections). However, among new enrollees, 33 percent (1.3 million) were ages 18 to 34. That’s higher than last year when 31 percent of new customers (0.8 million) were ages 18 to 34 in HealthCare.gov states. The overall percentage of plan selections for those ages remains stable.