According to a report released today by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 92,398 people in Wisconsin selected plans through the Health Insurance Marketplace leading up to the Dec. 15 deadline for coverage beginning Jan. 1.
About 90 percent of those who enrolled were determined eligible for financial assistance to lower their monthly premiums, compared to 88 percent who selected plans over a similar period last year. Of the 92,398 Wisconsinites who selected a plan, 58 percent reenrolled in a Marketplace plan in 2015 and 42 percent signed up for the first time.
“We’re pleased that in Wisconsin 92,398 people signed up for Marketplace coverage during the first month of open enrollment,” said HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell. “The vast majority were able to lower their costs even further by getting tax credits, making a difference in the bottom lines of so many families. Interest in the Marketplace has been strong during the first month of open enrollment. We still have a ways to go and a lot of work to do before Feb. 15, but this is an encouraging start.”
Nationwide, more than 4 million people signed up for the first time or reenrolled in coverage for 2015 during the first month of open enrollment. That includes more than 3.4 million people who selected a plan in the 37 states that are using the HealthCare.gov platform for 2015 (including Wisconsin), and more than 600,000 consumers who selected plans in the 14 states that are operating their own Marketplace platform for 2015.
Open Enrollment in the Marketplace, which began Nov. 15, will run through Feb. 15. Consumers who want coverage effective Feb. 1 have until Jan. 15 to sign up at www.HealthCare.gov.