With five of six months completed in the Affordable Care Act’s inaugural open enrollment period, more than 71,000 Wisconsinites have signed up for marketplace coverage, according to new data from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
About 15,000 in Wisconsin signed up through the ACA marketplace in the month of February.
For the second straight month, Wisconsin’s enrollment is ahead of cumulative targets from HHS.
In September, HHS projected monthly enrollment targets for each state, putting Wisconsin’s cumulative projection for the end of February at 63,200. Wisconsin also beat its monthly target for February – 14,220 – with 15,007 signing up during the month.
HHS projected a total of 79,000 Wisconsinites would sign up during the open enrollment period, which ends March 31. The state is well on its way to meet that goal.
Nationally, a total of 4.2 million have signed up for marketplace coverage, including 940,000 in February. Both of these numbers are short of HHS targets.
While Wisconsin is surpassing overall enrollment targets, the state is behind the national average in the number of “young invincibles” – 18 to 34-year olds – who are signing up.
About 21 percent of those who have signed up in Wisconsin are within that age range, compared to 25 percent nationwide.
The percentage breakdown of enrollees by age in Wisconsin remains largely unchanged from January.
These numbers do not include Medicaid enrollees and does not include information on how many of these enrollees have paid a premium.