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HHS announces 365,000 individuals enrolled on Health Insurance Marketplace

Dec. 20, 2013

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported on Dec. 11 that approximately 365,000 Americans selected plans in state and federal Marketplaces during October and November. Enrollment in the federal Marketplace during November was more than four times greater than October’s enrollment.

In addition, about 803,077 applicants were deemed eligible for government-sponsored health care (such as Medicaid or Children’s Health Insurance Programs).

Michigan alone had 52,780 applications completed through the Marketplace. Of the 74,693 individuals who have been determined eligible for a Marketplace plan, 7,363 have been determined eligible for Medicaid or CHIP and 6,847 individuals have already selected a plan.

Approximately 1.9 million individuals successfully completed the eligibility process, reflected in the first two months of open enrollment, however they had yet to select a plan as of Nov. 30.

HHS advises that this is evidence of promised improvements to HealthCare.gov. Almost 39.1 million visitors have visited the state and federal sites and an estimated 5.2 million calls to the state and federal call centers.

Where can I find more information?
More information can be found in the December Health Insurance Marketplace report: http://aspe.hhs.gov/health/reports/2013/MarketPlaceEnrollment/Dec2013/ib_2013dec_enrollment.pdf

The information in this document is based on preliminary review of the national health care reform legislation and is not intended to impart legal advice. The federal government continues to issue guidance on how the provisions of national health reform should be interpreted and applied. The impact of these reforms on individual situations may vary. This overview is intended as an educational tool only and does not replace a more rigorous review of the law’s applicability to individual circumstances and attendant legal counsel and should not be relied upon as legal or compliance advice. As required by US Treasury Regulations, we also inform you that any tax information contained in this communication is not intended to be used and cannot be used by any taxpayer to avoid penalties under the Internal Revenue Code.

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