(Washington, D.C. – Insurance News and Markets) – As of Jan. 7, millions of Americans signed up for health insurance through health insurance marketplaces in all states, including more than 75 percent of residents in states that rely on healthcare.gov (through Jan. 2) and 24 percent of residents of the 13 state-based marketplaces (through Dec. 26, 2015.
“We’re seeing unprecedented demand for Marketplace coverage with more than 11.3 million people signed up for coverage,” said Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia M. Burwell. “We’re encouraged that Marketplace consumers are increasingly young, engaged and shopping for the best plan. We have more work to do before the next deadlines and our focus continues to be the consumer experience and educating consumers about available financial assistance and their choices.”
Nationwide, almost 4 million people under 35 are signed up for Marketplace coverage through December 26. Of those, nearly 3 million of them are ages 18 to 34. That’s more than a quarter of all plan selections. About 770,000 young people ages 18 to 34 are new to the Marketplace in HealthCare.gov states as of December 26, which means 31 percent of new enrollees in those states are 18 to 34 years of age.
The report demonstrates that Marketplace consumers are actively engaged in shopping and choosing the best plan for them. Among the 8.2 million reenrolling customers nationwide as of December 26, more than half (4.2 million) came back, reviewed their information and actively selected a Marketplace plan. About 60 percent of people who actively reenrolled in HealthCare.gov states, or 2.2 million people, switched to a different plan than they had for 2015 coverage.
Source: U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.